Today is the second day of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016, an initiative first proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan, based on the pioneering work of The Common World Initiative, and adopted by the U.N. in 2010.
Mindworks Publishing will be commemorating the week with Words of Light, a seven day blog event highlighting poetry that expresses elements of interfaith harmony, and through showcasing some of the poetry featured in our interfaith publication, The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit. Today’s post is a recent poem that I’ve written upon pondering some of the conflicts and challenges in our world – from Syria to Ferguson, Missouri – and I truly believe that many of these conflicts can be peacefully resolved when we are true to our faiths and when we embrace the concept of interfaith harmony. In the Bible it says that God said, “Let there be light,” and that He saw that the light was good – so let’s show up and shine!
Show up and shine
What’s going on where you are?
Is there peace?
If there is – are you grateful?
Because there’s always something to be grateful for.
Our lives converge with one another even if we can’t see it
So wherever you are: show up and shine
Be a light in dark places
I am because
God said and I am
God said to me “Be”
And I am
There is peace where I am
And I am grateful
And I’m prayerful for those who are not living in a place of peace
My heart cries and my soul aches for those subjected to the terrors of war
So I say, “Keep the faith”
And trust that God does not lay upon us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear
Trust that even in strife
-Especially in strife
We have to show up and shine
Be that which is a safe harbor
Be just in the face of adversity
Know who you are
And Whose you are
You belong to Allah
And we are more alike than we are different
Show up and shine
Do onto others as you would have them do onto you
Worship the LORD your GOD
With all of your soul, all of your mind and all of your heart
And love thy neighbor as thyself
Copyright © 2016, Janette Grant