Margaret Silf provided a sacred image that has remained in my heart since I heard her describe it. Speaking of the inherent kinship among humankind, she admitted the difficulty of loving all people of any ethnicity, race, gender, and faith. She said she pictures all of mankind holding hands in a great circle with God at its center. I can hold the hands of my family, friends and neighbors; so do those people across the great circle who may see me as an enemy. Though we all hold on to those we love, we are one circle and we all face toward the ultimate light of our Creator. When I hear news of terrible violence anywhere, I picture both victims and perpetrators somewhere in the great circle and recognize that I am inextricably linked to them all in love. Thank you, Sacred Threads, for Margaret Silf’s wisdom.

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