Righteous Among the Nations
You stood out among all of the others, not really knowing why.
To this day, we argue what it meant for you that day.
That day in which you were chosen to be a leader among the nations.
That day in which the world changed around you, for better or for worse.
We stand out today, reminded of your first steps on your journey.
Until today, we argued, discussed and argued even more regarding our journey.
Today, today, today, we focus on leading our children by example.
Today, we grapple with defining what it means for us to take our own steps forward.
Looking out upon the smiling faces of our children, all of our children,
Struggling for the words to define our emotions, our “thoughts and prayers,”
Wondering if and how we can make this journey of peace possible,
Reminded of your first steps – of your ability to “go with the flow.”
Then I realize the scope of your “righteousness” is not what matters.
Then I realize there is a struggle with every step forward.
Then I realize it is important to try to understand, even if I cannot.
Then I realize we must work together, struggling, arguing and moving forward.
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