Editor's note

Maya Angelou's remarkable poem has been quoted and reprinted many times since she first read it in January at the inauguration of the President of the United States. In the preceding excerpt, through the language of the heart, Ms. Angelou deftly weaves together two world issues that too often have been considered separate concerns. These two issues—the healing of our environment and the healing of antagonisms between nations—really require the same quality of thought: respect for God's creation.

Ms. Angelou offers us the image of the river—an image which in the Bible can mean abundant provision and renewed hope. All of us can actively share in this new hope as we consciously love and protect the environment of our thought, allowing only respect and love for all of God's creation to guide our actions. This individual commitment will surely help bring healing to a world waiting with open arms.

The excerpt is reprinted with permission.

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