This month we celebrated the birth of the United States as an independent Nation. Many of us enjoyed fireworks, ate hamburgers and hot dogs and celebrated with friends and family on the beach. Some of us may have adorned ourselves in red, white and blue and waved the American flag proudly, some of us celebrated more quietly, cautiously, uneasy about the current climate.
We do live in a great Country. We are a free people, we have a due process and each of our States are unique and diverse in their own way.
And yet the turmoil that is prevalent in our Country today can’t go unnoticed, can’t be dismissed and as human beings, children of God, we are called do something. No matter what side you are on, God calls us to love and accept everyone. Jesus extended grace to all and we are commanded to do the same.
1st Peter 3:8 – Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
The bible as a whole focuses much more on what unites us rather than what divides us. Shouldn’t we be able to do the same? Can we find an avenue to come together and put love first?
Since I was little I enjoyed poetry. I remember having a poster on my wall with a poem that simply stated: Love is.
As I look into the eyes of our brothers and sisters that are in need of a safe place to go, to be heard, to be loved I think of this poem.
What is love to you? How can you share your love, God’s love with others? It’s not about party affiliation, background, geography or many of the other variables that arise in the discussions that surround us today, but simply, how can we reach out and show we care.