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Because We Are Yours

"But now, says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine."

—Isaiah 43:1

Prayers at Missionaries of Charity, India

Photo by Karl Grobl for CRS

I did not know You
But I was Yours.
And they do not know me
And I do not know them
But they are mine
And I am theirs.

Let no chasm, no river, no drought or storm,
No war, no exodus, no border, natural or
      constructed,
No device of man nor devil
Come between us
Or halt the love that burns within me,
The grace that flows from You.

Let me think on no man lest I think joyful
     thoughts of brotherhood,
Let me think on no woman lest I think tender thoughts of sisterhood,
Friend and stranger,
Ally and enemy,
Brothers,
Sisters.

They are mine
And I am theirs,
Because we are Yours.

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