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A Light Has Gone Out

May 28, 2014

Today, the world lost a bright light. Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. She was woman of great courage, deep wisdom, and amazing vitality. Her legacy of sassy strength will be missed by many, including me. The following poem, “Touched by an Angel” by Dr. Maya Angelou, is an invitation to pray today.

 

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

–Maya Angelou
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