BY EMILY PALMER
Do not despair. You are my beloved. The world may overlook you; you may feel utterly alone. But I am with you. I know the number of tears you have shed. You lack parents in this world, but I have adopted you as my child. I am watching over you. I smile as you grow more and more into the person I created you to be. I know it doesn’t always feel as though you are desired, but I yearn for you more than you could possibly know. I will not leave you as [an orphan]; I will come to you.1 I am stirring people to act for your cause.
Do not despair. You do not have any tangible possessions, but I am yours. I know it’s terrifying to not know where your next meal will come from, but I am the ultimate sustainer. I have not forgotten about you, nor have I left you to fend for yourself. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet [I] feed them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 2 I am stirring people to act for your cause.
No te desesperes. Do not feel as though you have to conform to be accepted in this new land. I created you uniquely. I put thought into your ethnic identity and you are beautiful. I know you don’t feel as though you are welcome here, but you are here because I have called you to be here. For I know the plans I have for you…plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.3 Estoy moviendo personas a actuar por su causa.
Do not despair. I am fighting for you. I did not create you to be a ruthless killer. It breaks my heart to see the traumas you are forced to go through. I know you are scared, but your sacrifices are not unnoted. As you enter the battlefield, remember to be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for [I am] with you wherever you go.4 I am stirring people to act for your cause.
Do not despair. There are so many injustices in this world, but I will soon right every wrong—even the wrongs you don’t see. In the meantime, I am calling you to partner with me. I will equip you with everything you need. Adopt the fatherless. Feed the hungry. Welcome the wanderer. Fight for what is right for I have fought for you. Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.5 I am stirring you to action; go.
Act in haste,