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“What if the mightiest word is love?”

“What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.” Elizabeth Alexander

Dear All – I offer the quote above from the inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander. I offer this quote in the deep delight that this day holds as we turn a page on history and look squarely in the face as a nation all the struggles we face.

Of all the wise, powerful, and beautiful words spoken this morning this one stood out to me as the question and call we cannot fail to answer.  All of ideas and visions for the future shared by different speakers today will not be realized if we come to the table without love.

As St. Paul tells us in Corinthians 13:1-3: “If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

What if love is the mightiest word? Only we together can answer…Peace Liz

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