Bless you for showing up
day after day
Even when you have a pit in your stomach or
a knot in your throat
Even when you nearly lose faith
Or fear the worst.
Bless you for continuing to have faith
in the seen and the unseen,
For believing in the good and
For fighting for justice & equality for all
Bless you for facing the darkness
and bringing light,
For choosing kindness and
reaching out to others who are suffering
Bless you for cleaving to your ideals
for welcoming the stranger
clothing the homeless
feeding the hungry and
protecting the children
For keeping the Statue of Liberty in your consciousness
day after day.
Bless you for SHOWING UP
when you are discouraged and feel defeated
Bless you for SPEAKING out
in the face of relentless assaults on human dignity
Bless you for MARCHING
Bless you for taking breaks,
Practicing necessary self-care, and
Trusting that others in the far-flung community
Of righteous souls will carry the burden
while you rejuvenate.
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
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