Songs of Resistance Meditation

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert

A month of resistance.
A lifetime of resistance.
Each of us have our stories to tell:

The internal battles
to find ourselves,
the external battles
to confront injustice;
the young girl
long ago in France
resisting the cruelty of war and occupation;
the young trans activist today,
facing an uncertain world
where identity is under attack,
where the threat of war
and the overheating of the planet
loom larger with each day.

So the old hymn goes —
“Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing!”

We have this gift
to let music say
what spoken word alone
cannot fully express.

Let our voices rise
in songs of resistance, 
as generations have sung.
These are the words and melodies
that travel across time,
that defy extinction.
This is us,
stronger together,
whether we can hold a tune or not.
Stronger together, 
because we dare to sing.

Out of the silence
may our voices rise
to reassure each other
that we are not alone,
that the song I sing
I sing for you,
that the song you sing
you sing for me.
So may it be.