As we mourn and yet celebrate the life of John Robert Lewis this week, receive these words from him. May they inspire, comfort, and encourage us in our own journeys.
“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. […] Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice. And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.”
“Anchor the eternity of love in your own soul and embed this planet with its goodness.”
“Never give up. Never give in. Never become hostile… Hate is too big a burden to bear.”
Thank you, John Lewis. What a courageous journey in life you shared with humanity.