My friend Karen’s life implicates my own insularity and cowardice. I’m glad to know her and to soak up her hard-won wisdom, even as I face my own fear of following her example in even small ways.
Lord, have mercy on me. Lord, have mercy on Karen and Anita. Lord, have mercy on these children. And forgive us our sins: for what we have done, and for what we have left undone.