In the face of war I’m so small. Yet love is big.

I can’t make the

world be peaceful


I can’t stall tanks

from roaring down roads


I can’t prevent children

from having to hide in bunkers


I can’t convince the news to

stop turning war into a video game


I can’t silence the sound of bombs

tearing neighborhoods apart


I can’t turn a guided missile

into a bouquet of flowers


I can’t make a warmonger

have an ounce of empathy


I can’t convince ambassadors

to quit playing truth or dare


I can’t deflect a sniper’s bullet

from turning a wife into a widow


I can’t stave off a country being

reduced to ash and rubble


I can’t do any of that


the only thing I can do

is love the next person I encounter

without any conditions or strings


to love my neighbor

so fearlessly that

it starts a ripple

that stretches from

one horizon to the next


I can’t force peace

on the world


but I can become a force

of peace in the world


because


sometimes all it takes

is a single lit candle

in the darkness


to start a movement


“Lord, make me a candle

of comfort in this world


let me burn with peace”


~ john roedel


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