I’m Canadian. Some of you are American. In certain respects, that difference is important. Not so, however, when we broaden our gaze to include us all.
Tonight in Washington, DC, there was a ceremony honoring the 400,000 US citizens who have died from the coronavirus. It was held beside the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at twilight. Four hundred lamps were lit along the length of the water. One commentator called the visual a symbol of Joe Biden reaching out to the American people. His words stayed with me.
Other words were spoken or sung by these folks:
Lori Marie Key
I could have attached titles and descriptions to each of these people, but I decided no. There’s a first name and there’s a last name. Wisdom came out of their mouths … and it didn’t matter who said what. It was simply important that the words were spoken.
We are all united in the sorrow we feel today
I’ve heard there was a secret chord
that David played, and it pleased the Lord
Let us shine a light in the darkness
To heal, we must remember
The Lord has promised good to me
As long as life endures
Awareness of our common humanity
The Presidency is a moral office
Tonight we grieve and begin healing together
My abiding hope is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom
You could have spoken these words
I trust that they’re true in all our hearts
We don’t have to be famous or smart or pretty/handsome
We just have to be kind
We can do that
It’s a simple thing