As our nation shifts into new leadership and we continue to seek ways to undo centuries of injustice, Rehearsal for Life is reminded of John Lewis' final call to action. In his posthumously-published essay, "Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation," he notes:
"Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it."
Community, like democracy, is not only a concept, but an act. It requires action, commitment and holding ourselves accountable for the welfare of all. As we connect with others this holiday season, may Lewis' words be the bridge we build across our relationships that takes us into a new year and thinew chapter for our country. It is on us. May our legacy become what Lewis tasked to all of us in his final words:
"When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."