He took the first step, and the next, and the next, believing in taking the first step “even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”   One of those first steps, cost the author of those words, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life.

Not everyone is called to such sacrifice but each is called to take a “first step” … a first step towards forgiveness of self, of another … a first step towards healing of body, mind, spirit … a first step towards freedom exercising the right and privilege of voting.

People have stood in lines for hours on end in rain, in snow, in blazing sun and heat to vote/  People have died – literally – so that others could vote. People have left their desperate personal situations and busy schedules to vote.

But, some don’t believe their vote will make a difference and they don’t vote.   Some don’t like the thought of a woman for their leader or someone who is gay and living with a partner or someone who is physically challenged or …

Some can’t “see the whole staircase” and they don’t vote.  Perhaps they need encouragement to register to vote.  Perhaps they need someone to transport them to the voting station.  Perhaps they need courage to stand apart from family and friends who are voting for someone who could lead their country and world to destruction.

Let courage flow so people can vote with wisdom.
Let kindness flow so people can be transported to a voting station.
Let encouragement flow so people recognize the importance of their vote.

May all “take the first step, even when they can’t see the whole staircase.”


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