Different Yet United

Pat Uribe-Lichty

We come from many places—
along different paths, bringing different truths.
We come with different histories and different realities,
And yet we come together as one people—
with faith that we can use our differences 
to heal ourselves, and each other,
to bring wholeness to a fractured world.
We come, seeking to find community,
to find acceptance of who we are.
In this place we may find others who are much like us,
and others who are much different.
May our lit chalice remind us that we are
a people taught by different stories,
with many voices
but always
one people,
for a world where love creates justice,
and justice gives birth to peace.