In My Heart — A Conversation By a Pond Where Two Goldfish Were Born Recently*

And what of Adam and Eve?
They are in my heart.
And what of Cain and Abel?
They are in my heart.
And skipping much of human history,
what of WWI?
It is in my heart.
What of WWII?
It is in my heart.
What of Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq —
Well, you get the picture?
They are all in my heart.
What about America’s Indigenous People?
They are in my heart.
Including the Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee?
They are in my heart.
What of 400 years of slavery?
Those years are in my heart.
And all the Black people carrying that history in the marrow of their bones?
They are in my heart.
And brown people and yellow people and white people?
They are in my heart.
Okay, let’s cut to the chase.
What of all the history of human inhumanity to humanity and the very creation?
It is all in my heart.
How can you bear and not despair under such a weight?
Because the message of Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Francis, Mary, Teresa, Dorothy (to name a few), that Great Cloud of Witnesses, is in my heart.
Anything else?
All that…is in my heart because God has placed my broken heart within the heart of love….Oh, and the two new goldfish help, too.
And then an old, African-American spiritual came to mind
and he sang to the new fish, “Lord, I want ta be like Jesus,
in ah my heart…in ah my heart….”

*idea from a meditation by Henri Nouwen

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