"Agents of Grace" by William Martin


The sage can find a welcome
in the most inhospitable places
because no one perceives a threat.
People soften in the sage's presence
and minds open up to learning.
Kindly spoken words
open doors that crowbars couldn't budge.

We can transform family gatherings
not by our demands but by our smiles.
We can enliven conversations
rather than dominate them.
We are becoming agents of grace and hope,
rather than of tyranny and despair.
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