All things are used by God for good.
We Say it. We Preach it. Sing it. Proclaim it. Know it. Exclaim it.
Do we mean it? Can we?
Can you feel your soul recoil it the profundity of what that means?
What IS the meaning?
It is easy to see how many things are used for good.
Dance. Joy. Music. Love. Giving. Accepting.
How does God use hatred for good? How is the denial of a human's essential humanity used for good?
When a human is. made. nothing.
Her hair shorn. Her children taken. Every token of her life. Her shoes. Her clothes. Her family.
Her. Him. Him. Him. Her. Her. Him. Her. Him. Him. Her. Her. Unending.
When we move to talk about it. To say, "Of course. It is used for good." My hair stands on end and screams to stop.
But can we. Mustn't we talk about it? Mustn't we consider... And feel... And question... And cry...And act.
We stay silently content to refuse to remember.
Content to wrap the memories in pain.
Someone else's pain.
Behind doors locked tightly too scary to go behind.
If we don't go there.
If we stop.
If we're still.
In our muted voices, our fists clenched, we think.
Someone else will go.
Someone else will reach.
Someone else will remember.
Our eyes and ears tightly sealed as a child singing "lalalalalalalala" so he cannot hear.
Isn't it destined to happen again? Isn't it happening again? It has happened again.
It is happening again.
What could the meaning possibly be?
Maybe the sight of the shoes collected at Auschwitz can shed light.
Millions of shoes.
Ripped and worn.
Bought for holiday.
Worn for years.
The fabric of them still holding the stories of those who's footsteps they shared.
Shoes worn by Jews. And Gays. And Political Prisoners.
By humans. By you. By me.
The Holocaust showed no favor. Hatred shows no favor. If you were a Jew, you were denied yourself. You were eliminated. It mattered not if a person was rich. or talented. or poor. or brilliant. or slow. or immoral. or holy.
It did not matter. It did not matter.
What good. What good. What good. What good.
That we are one. We are human.
The talented. the brilliant. the slow. the immoral. the holy. We are one.
Remember this. Live this. Claim this. Preach this. Know this.
That is Good.