To be where others have been,
to walk where others have walked,
to follow where others have led, and
to learn what others have taught…
that is what it is to live in light of history.
To be where no one has been,
to go where no one has gone,
to lead where others can follow, and
to learn better than what others have taught…
that is also what it is to live in light of history.
Help us, O God,
to learn well the lessons of history, whether that means to perpetuate them or to overcome them.