I hope that today will be the day that New Hampshire legislators apologize to the fourth grade students from the Lincoln Ackerman Elementary School whom they mocked last week by both joke and abusive imagery, when the young people presented a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the state raptor. This legislature voted in January to allow concealed guns in the Statehouse chambers. Our young people are at risk from this deliberative body in several ways.
(Isaiah 40: 30-31)
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted …
when their efforts are mocked
in their own state legislature,
when adults disrespect
children whom God calls to lead.
Those who wait upon God
who are inspired by teachers,
nurtured by parents and communities,
who challenge the status quo,
learn compassion for all,
and believe they make a difference …
shall renew their strength,
and the strength
of people of all ages.
They shall mount up with wings
like red-tailed hawks,
they shall run, unwearied.
even when it isn’t
they shall walk
in the beauty of God’s creation
and not faint.