Rev. Mitra Jafarzedeh offered this blessing before our dinner in Selma tonight:
It is Valentine's Day, a day to celebrate love:
hearts and flowers love,
chocolates and candy love.
Here in Selma and in Marion and in Birmingham
we have heard the stories and felt the spirit of another kind of love:
the hard love of freedom
the soft love of hospitality
the grace-filled love of solidarity
If in this day our hearts have been broken
or if these stories have sounded an echo of old pain
Let our hearts not break down, but break open
and may the space created be filled
with the long, arching love of Justice
And may we begin again in this moment as we gather to break bread together and give thanks for our many blesssings.