I was walking in Astoria this morning, in the bright sunlight, on my way to a church meeting. Something happened that gave me great joy.
A boy and a girl were walking in front of me. He looked maybe ten, she looked twelve. They were both wearing backpacks, like for school. He was dressed "western," but she was in a long dress, and wearing a hijab, the Arabic headscarf.
All of a sudden she pushed one foot forward and started rolling. She had on roller-shoes. She went step - roll - step - roll. Right up to the doorway of the Astoria Islamic Center. And quick and smooth they opened the door and in they went.
I praise you O God for these children, and for that Muslim girl and her roller-shoes.
(And for Jose Reyes who just beat out a bunt to second base!)