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September 9, 2010

"For Our World"

Posted: 08:07 PM ET

A great friend of our show, the late Mattie Stepanek, composed this poem on 9/11.  It was Mattie's answer to the questions "what now, what next?"  We thought news events warranted another look at this amazing piece of work from an amazing young man.

FOR OUR WORLD

We need to stop.

Just stop.

Stop for a moment.

Before anybody

Says or does anything

That may hurt anyone else.

We need to be silent.

Just silent.

Silent for a moment.

Before we forever lose

The blessing of songs

That grow in our hearts.

We need to notice.

Just notice.

Notice for a moment.

Before the future slips away

Into ashes and dust of humility.

Stop, be silent, and notice.

In so many ways, we are the same.

Our differences are unique treasures.

We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts

To nurture, to offer, to accept.

We need to be.

Just be.

Be for a moment.

Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,

Like children and lambs,

Never judging or vengeful

Like the judging and vengeful.

And now, let us pray,

Differently, yet together,

Before there is no earth, no life,

No chance for peace.

Mattie Stepanek, "Hope Through Heartsongs", 2002

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