One of the most painful lessons is that the work of peace and justice, like the work of the Seed within, is one of patient waiting. Patience is an active condition of the Spirit. It can march; it can demonstrate; it can live in jails. It can survive the long haul of transformation. But it is not fed on the bitter fruit of resentment. The Seed is watered with our tears. It is nourished by acts of good faith, no matter how futile they may seem. And acts of good faith witness God's love to all. They stimulate the life of the Seed in others, no matter how deeply it may be buried in the oppressor, the violator, the victim, or the exploited.
Address to Intermountain Yearly Meeting, June 1996. Published by Western Friend.
The excerpt from Doug's speech is followed by the written responses of three Friends who heard him speak. Consider writing your own response in this manner. How do these words speak to the Seed that has been planted in your heart at this time?
Queries for Reflection and Discussion
1) When we're doing it faithfully, what are the qualities of Quaker social action?
2) Complete this sentence: Quaker social action is _________________. Provide an example if one comes to mind.
3) How does this essay speak to your personal choices, perspectives, attitudes, and actions?