“What the world needs now, is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”
Who remembers when this stunning song came across the movie theater screen during Forrest Gump? I was enthralled. No matter what side you’re clenching to, I believe deep in my heart that most Americans would agree with these words. The immense division is too great a weight for us to bear as a society, we will crumble. My heart is broken over some of the conversations parents are having with their children over the “evil” other side. I heard one friend mention that 1 out of every 2 humans she passed on the street was delusional and brainwashed. And my other friend on the complete other side said the exact same thing. Every religious group and political group since the dawn of time has a very scary bunch of extremists, and when we put that minimal percentage aside, I believe we are all craving, from our depths, MORE LOVE. More kindness. More empathy. More acceptance and respect for those who may not think like, act like, look like, talk like, or live like we do. It takes all kinds to make this world go round. I was taught by my mama that it is our duty as Americans to pray for and respect those in power, no matter which party holds every 4 years. And to never, ever be a part of hate speech, the spreading of contempt, or heartless assumptions about other human beings, but only to respect our fellow man in our words and actions. And to take the rest to my nightly personal prayers.
The 3 verses below are what I’ve been honed in on lately, there is so much power in our words. We either heal or sever with them. We all see the awful, inhumane words exploding on our screens. And it’s scary. And painful. Jesus held respect for the prostitute and the pastor no matter their divided opinions. I can only pray that when Lillie Mae is bigger her generation learns to do the same…
“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”
“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
“Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11