We hope for the best
for the best that can be
but be prepared for the worst
for the worst that can be.
It has happened before,
over and over, tragically in history.
And so, if an occurrence of the best
appears in the offing to be,
rejoice and humbly give thanks
for what in the future could be.
If it all leans toward the worst,
take heart; it’s all been there in history.
No matter the outcome,
if great sufferings there be,
pray for the courage to stand in faith
for justice, peace, mercy, inclusivity, equality
and persevere in affirming God’s gracious will
for eternal Beloved Community —
as “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”