August 17 , 2017
I hope you are well and I pray that you are happy. What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last week is very sad and alarming. Many injured and three dead! My brothers and sisters, one death, is one too many. Violence, discrimination, prejudice and hate should have no room in our vocabulary and actions. This is not a political issue but rather a human rights issue. It is about accepting and treating each person with dignity and respect. It is not about taking sides. It is about love and following the commandment of Jesus to “Love one another.” We must stop this destruction of human life.
We have a responsibility to be examples of compassion and acceptance to one another but especially to our children. Teaching and sharing love is easier than you might think. First, do not be afraid to hug one another. If someone is in a bad mood then gift them with a hug. Hugs are free acts of kindness. A hug a day keeps the guns away!
Second, use words like love in your vocabulary. “I love you” are words that lifts the spirit of another and stops hate in its tracks. People should mean more to us than any material thing that is temporary.
Third, be optimistic and positive in living with others. People need our support and encouragement. Even when you disagree with someone don’t hesitate to say, “I wish you well and I hope it works out for you.”
Fourth, get up and let someone else sit in your place. Every act of kindness is one step closer to healing hurts and destroying all bitterness. Invite someone to go first. Open a door for someone.
Finally, FORGIVE, FORGIVE, FORGIVE. Do not hold grudges. Set yourself free. Jesus forgives you, why not embrace that forgiveness and share it with others.
Be concrete and courageous when sharing acts of love. We have to make a difference. Share the love of Christ with others. Have a great week!