Spirit of Life, source of all love,
Holy mystery containing all that is:
As the nights grow longer and longer,
help us know you as that radiant darkness
in which our deepest dreams come:
those dreams of love, of healing, of peace,
of our world created anew.
Help us not fear the darkness
but welcome it,
and rest in it.
Help us also know you as the flame
of candles and hearths
around whose warming light we gather
to tell each other stories:
giving thanks for all we have,
remembering those who have gone before,
gathering strength to make justice.
May those among us who have much
be granted vision to see and invite in
those who are lonely,
and may the lonely ones
be granted strength
to accept the invitation.
The children speak of their dreams.
They are not of money or power or stardom;
no, this generation dreams of something entirely different.
They want only for life to continue on,
but with justice.
They long for restoration
A boy with pale skin and glasses
speaks of his dream
of being a father
and standing under an oak tree that he loves
with his children
and knowing that both will outlast him.
A girl with cocoa brown skin and upswept hair
speaks of her dream
of growing old
and having her skin get wrinkled
and her hair turn gray
and her hands look well used
because she has lived a long life
of love and service.
An Indigenous boy with shiny black hair
speaks of plant medicine
and of restoring what has been lost
and also of bringing the movie theater
and the skate park
back to downtown
so kids will have something better to do
A Latinx girl with hoop earrings and impregnable dignity
speaks of how hard her parents work
to give her what they never had
and how she wants to honor
Citizenship for Dreamers,
she says, is only possible
and only worthwhile
if there is a living green place
At the end of each impassioned declaration,
Asian teens with buckets and trash cans
strapped to their bodies
beat their impromptu drums
These young humans know
what many of their elders do not:
That the world as we know it
and something new is coming
and we have to dream what we want
And all they want
is to restore the community of life
to which they know ALL belong
so they can love
and raise healthy children
in a healthy community
on a healthy planet
Adults: Let us make it so.