Morning Thoughts: I Have a Dream


Mary Cassatt, “Mother and Two Children”, (1906)


Let us put it all away.

Put away all the toys.

All the distractions.

Let us dream.

Let us dream of peace. Perfect peace. This very day.

I want every human being to love truth. To dwell in beauty. To live in wonder of God’s creation.

To think.

To stop.

To ascend.

To rise above the facts. To float above the circumstances. To kiss God on the cheek.

To laugh.

To cry.

To smile at a child.

To shake hands with a friend. To hug an enemy.

To hope. To believe. To pray.

To give great thanks. To humbly offer praise.

To graciously receive. To generously give.

To be alive.

To not be afraid.


I want every human being to ask: Why isn’t it always this way?


Perhaps though most of all, I want us to be honest.

Honest about our desire to love. Our desire to be kind.

With no embarrassment, with no shame.

Freed from all worry that people will think it strange.


—Howard Hain


3 thoughts on “Morning Thoughts: I Have a Dream

  1. cenaclemary12

    On being kind: just a little kindness will make a big difference!
    Keep us, O God, from all pettiness.
    Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
    Let us be done with fault-finding
    and leave off all self-seeking.
    May we put away all pretense
    and meet each other face to face,
    without self-pity and without prejudice.
    Grant that we may realize that
    it is the little things of life that
    create differences, that in the
    big things of life we are as one.
    And, O God,
    let us not forget to be kind.
    —Mary Stewart

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