Only One Person’s Voice

A reflection in words and images by Kathy P:

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

(Martin Luther King, Jr.)


“Tell me the weight of a snowflake,” a coal mouse asked a wild dove.

“Nothing more than nothing,” the dove answered.

“In that case I must tell you a marvelous story,” the coal mouse said. “I sat on a fir branch close to the trunk when it began to snow. Not heavily, not in a raging blizzard. No, just like in a dream, without any violence at all. Since I didn’t have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,471,952. When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch—nothing more than nothing—as you say—the branch broke off.” Having said that, the coal mouse ran away.

The dove, since Noah’s time an authority on peace, thought about the story for awhile. Finally, she said to herself, “Perhaps there is only one person’s voice lacking for peace to come to the world.”

Following the Path by Joan Chittister)


Prayer:  Forgiving God, we tend to think our feeble voices can’t possibly make a difference.  We are distracted from speaking up for what is important by so many unimportant things.  We lack courage to stand up for those who are vulnerable and voiceless.  Forgive our fear and help us not to be silent about things that matter.