Yesterday (Sunday), shortly before sunset, Lewisburg lost a man who for decades had been in the forefront of the struggle for peace and justice, both in our own little neck of the woods and the world at large. The town already seems strangely empty without him. As I mourn and celebrate you, Doug Sturm, I think of this passage from Nikos Kazantzakis’ Report to Greco.
“But now the day’s work is done; I collect my tools. Let other clods of soil come to continue the struggle. We mortals are the immortals’ work battalion. Our blood is red coral, and we build an island over the abyss.
“God is being built. I too have applied my tiny red pebble, a drop of blood, to give Him solidity lest He perish – so that He might give me solidity lest I perish. I have done my duty.