This reflection is from, ACPE* Certified Educator Willacin Precious Gholston, who serves at Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas. She wrote the following poem, “in honor of George Floyd and others like him.”
Breathe, my Son, Breathe.
Feel the loving embrace from those who know you,
and who fear not your existence.
Breathe, my Daughter, Breathe.
We affirm your brilliance and your being-ness.
We will not diminish your worth.
Breathe, o Mother, Breathe.
Cast the many burdens you carry upon us.
Your sobs have been heard in the distance.
Breathe, o Father, Breathe.
See your children carry on the legacy,
And the dreams you once deferred.
Breathe, my Colleague, Breathe.
Receive the care you unselfishly give to others.
May you find Rest, and not just sleep.
Breathe, my People, Breathe.
Take in the Breath of God’s presence,
And receive renewal for your soul.
Inhaling and exhaling with you, the Chaplain Team at Chaplaincy Health Care