One at a Time… A Call to Heal.
Fear crushes people. You see the evidence all over social media and the news today. Many of my friends who are the brightest lights in their communities are struggling to make sense of what is going on, struggling with anger and struggling with people who think or act differently. Their words show the struggle is real as we try and make sense of killings that are not rational. It can all seem so out of control and like it will get worse before it gets better.
My heart breaks for the people in our nation… From Ferguson to Baton Rouge to Chicago to St. Paul to Dallas, My heart breaks. My heart breaks for the families, for that poor woman who filmed the man dying in the car, for families of police officers and for the communities of West Chicago where people are afraid to go outside.
Praying can sometimes seem so futile in the face of rage, hurt, killings but Prayer is the only place where light starts to break through the darkness. I have no answers but I am learning where to direct my questions.
Words spoken to others make you feel better. They won’t bring back those whose lives are lost. They won’t stop men from bleeding on the streets. They won’t stop the bullets. Words spoken to God, change hearts and move mountains.
Blame doesn’t matter. Labels don’t cure and yelling don’t heal.
Bringing people to justice makes us feel better and gives us a time to rally. Until the next time. Justice is so limited and taken to an extreme demands a life for a life. We need better than that or this crazy cycle we are on never stops. It is all temporary until the heart changes. Our love for each other has got to be greater than fear or each other. Our Love for each other has to louder than that shouts of hate and fear.
There is no Fear found in Love. Love actually pushes fear away. God wasn’t screwing around. He told us that is we love each other, pray for each other than this crap stops. If we don’t, there are not enough marches in the world to unite us.
Love is not a feeling. It is a decision. A decision to fight for and with the one next to me, not against them.
One Life touches immeasurable people… One Death too early, even more. Neither can or should be summed up in hashtag. People’s lives are not a political forum.
Start with you… Are your words bringing people together or are your words filled with the same fear that already divides. Your words amplify bringing us together or being right in your rage. One Unifies and One Divides.
You can be a bridge or you can be a wall. Not both.
Control what you can. Today, God Knows, that does not feel like much. Today, I can control My words, My prayers and My love for people. I can hug those around me begin building. Seems like a place to start.\
Praying for you.