“You and I are just the same”

Joy Kingsbury-Aitken writes:  “I too have written a few words as my response to this unimaginable slaughter of holy people at prayer.  I wanted to address the issue of “fear of the other” by saying there are no others, we are all the children of God.”

You and I are Just the Same

(in response to the massacre of 50 Muslims in Christchurch on 15 March 2019)
Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

 So God created humankind in his image,
In the image of God he created them;
Male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

My pale skin is tanned by the sun,
your dark skin is naturally brown.
Broken we both bleed red blood
for you and I are just the same.

Christianity is my faith tradition,
the path you follow is called Islam.
The God we worship is the God of Abraham
for you and I are just the same.

Evil came to your place of prayer,
will next time it come to mine?
My soul is pierced, your heart is broken
for you and I are just the same.

Holy time by violence violated,
not Ramadan but the season of Lent.
The murdered saints our brothers and sisters
for you and I are just the same.

A stranger’s anger will not define us.
Our mutual love will abolish hate,
leaving no space for racial bigotry
for you and I are just the same.

For a pdf copy of “You and I are just the same”, click here.

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