Oh friends, what would it look like if we just loved each other? If we held each other when we were weak and chose kind words and caring actions that supported each other? What if we set aside our pride, our vanity, our preconceived notions, and our selfishness? If we chose to be in the mix with those who are messy and not at all like us. What would that kind of world be like? I wonder. I think it would be the way we all deeply long for this world to be. Wouldn’t it? It would fill us with the joy that we sometimes feel is just out of reach. If we chose to love, we would not need to fear one another or wonder what motivates others. We would be free to be vulnerable and known and it would be extraordinary. I believe that I’m not alone in saying that it just feels like that is the way it is supposed to be. Perhaps the way it was originally intended?
Yes and amen and yes again? This world will never be what our deepest hearts are hoping for, but there is hope. We were created for a kingdom of love. It’s not a fantasy. It is a promise sealed with blood. Today I want to hold your hand and remind you of this truth. I want to hug you and whisper it in your ear. You are loved and created for a better place. This place, my friend, is really only a few moments ahead of us.
In the mean time, lets look each other in the eye and seek to love. Let’s whisper it in the ears of our children and write it in cards to those approaching twilight. Let’s assume the very best from our fellow humans and truly love without knowledge of color or creed. Let’s risk being made to look foolish or being taken advantage of. Sure, it might not always be pretty. You might end up hurt at times. But maybe, that might not matter quite so much. In the end, I believe the world will be grateful that you just stepped out against the current, opened your heart, and gave it your best.
“We love because he first loved us.” I John 4:9