PROMISES MADE FOR KEEPING
God grant me the strength to fight through argument those who terrorize me and others, no matter who they be.
God grant me discipline in my everyday life, so that every day I may accomplish a new task that requires that discipline.
God grant me courage to fight oppression, bombs and prejudice with the fire and love of your soft or sternly spoken words through my pen.
I will protest arrogance by winning for losing, with humility.
I will protest evil in every person’s heart, by mending that which another has broken.
I will protest hatred by loving those who hate me.
I will fight in small ways for rightness, because someone who fights big has few supporters.
I will no doubt be scorned and rejected for my efforts, but in the end, the scorn will have been worth the result.
I will be the stepping stone for others. And one day, they will become the stones upon which others step, in continuing the quest for peace through nonviolence and nonviolent response.
When my work on this earth is done, I will fight in a life beyond this life to accomplish in another dimension that which I was blocked from accomplishing in this one.
I have made a pact with a God whom others, in their ignorance, and through their thirst for domination through eating the blood, call the devil. But, I know that I am – today and everyday – my God.