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Only One

Lois Cheney, God Is No Fool, pp. 149-150

I knelt and said, "But I am one, only one." And the world is so large. And the evil is so strong. There are so few who care. There are so few who sense. "But I am one, only one."

The machines of organization roll on, crushing the individual into a part of the mass. The hopelessness of the world-wrought minds spreads and smothers the hope of the lonely individuals. "But I am one, only one."

Entire cities have been destroyed. Entire nations have reaped their seeds of distrust and lie writhing in their death throes. "But I am one, only one."

While I eat my fill, hundreds die in hunger. While I close my door in careless safety, hundreds watch doors in fear and resignation. "But I am one, only one."

The powers of mind and thought and measurement reduce the world to calculated probabilities. "But I am one, only one."

And even that one walks in fear and stumbling, discontent, and lack of strength. "And I am one, only one."

And he said, "Stand up, I choose you." And I stood up and the earth trembled, and that is the beginning to which there is no end, except in God.