I imagine the worst, that
our differences will divide us —
communities in uproar,
civil wars raging
in all their uncivil ways,
the world at odds with itself,
without compromise or understanding.
Yet difference does not mean division.
Different as they are,
see how carbon atoms unite
with oxygen and hydrogen
to create marvelous molecules.
See how other elements join in
to form every color imaginable,
even in the same living leaf.
No, our differences do not divide us,
and it is not sameness that brings us together.
Photo of a living plant with large, multicolored leaves. Some tell me it is Swiss chard.
Photograph and prayer © 2016 by Danny N. Schweers
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