Portland is a city of diversity.
I see people of different races and different religions wherever I go.
The children are all the same – playing in the parks and stopping to pet Ginny.
The adults welcome me into their homes or their businesses with courtesy and respect.
Ginny and I walk every day, often in neighborhoods, in one of our many local parks, or along the Willamette River.
I feel a sense of peace and wonder when I walk. I count my blessings.
Yet, sometimes, I feel guilty that I can walk safely in most of Portland without fear.
I can sleep at night knowing my neighborhood is safe.
I am thankful. I wish all people, especially our children, could have that same security.
The Golden Rule(s)
~Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
~Treat others as you would like to be treated.
~Walk a mile in another person’s shoes.
The Words of Gibran
I love when you bow in your mosque; kneel in your temple; pray in your church. For you and I are of one religion, and it is the spirit. ~Kahlil Gibran **
A Prayer for Social Justice
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace. ~Book of Common Prayer (BCP)