These passages remind me of Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s “long arc of history”, humanity’s journey towards harmony with all creation. The journey often has its fits and starts but we mustn’t lose sight of The Way. I am also reminded of indigenous people and their continual return to the ancestors – both human and non-human – as a source of wisdom. There is hope and wisdom in our history and in our natural world. As we emerge from a time in silence, let us be ever vigilant in noticing these sources of hope and wisdom.