I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

“All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice.” – Joy Harjo

I read this just now in Reconciliation, A Prayer  from How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems: 1975-2002 and knew that it is a perfect Sunday Thought for these times.

While I was pulling up this page at my desk, I picked up the daily devotions book. I have been slacking in the prayer department lately, and was surprised that it is July 31 already– and that means the final entry for this edition– and then this is what I read:

Ecclesiastes 2:21a.–  Because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it.

This can’t be random, can it? Yes, an act of kindness decades ago may have inched us toward some justice today– Joy Harjo serving as the Poet Laureate of the United States represents a kind of justice– Yes, today’s kindnesses endure well beyond this moment to the benefit of a place, or people, or animals. We all know this deep down. Still, it’s good to be  reminded of all of this right now by both a poet and a preacher. It gives me hope.