Do not hate; rather, weep for the person who harbors hate and cultivates division among others. Who knows not compassion for their brother and sister but possess a cold and selfish spirit. For when they wake each morning, it is not to the joy of the world around them but to the pain and despair of another day brought forth by the ugliness that resides within their heart and soul.
During this joyous season, let us band together as one and reflect on what is happening around us.
It appears that the world is at a turning point. The wicked and self-centered have always walked among us, but they no longer feel the need to walk in the shadows; instead, today, they move brazenly for all to see. They prey on the weaknesses within us, clouding our minds with negativity as they claim to speak the word of the righteous, filling our hearts with a lack of empathy toward our brothers and sisters and Drawing upon the hate that resides in each of us. They use us as pawns to move around the chessboard, enhancing their power, wealth, and ego, and when they deem it necessary, gladly sacrifice us.
It is at this moment more than ever that we as a people must rely on our faith, whatever that may be, to resist the words and actions of those who walk in darkness and band together as a people to overcome them with positivity and love for each other. Failure to do so will undoubtedly lead to our demise.
Listen to the beat of my heart; it beats because of and only for you. You came along when it was in a dark and lonely place, broken and scattered in a million pieces. But you reached into the dark when no one else would and picked it up, shined a light onto it, and put it back together. You gave it a reason to wake each day and not be afraid to open up to the world again. Because of you, it knows how to love again, and for that, I am eternally grateful. My heart beats because of and only for you.
Another morning, another commute, and there she was again the same seat, same smile, she was gorgeous, and it took everything you had not to stare. But this morning, she looked up from her phone directly at you, and as your eyes met for the first time, she smiled.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
It was the end of the night, and you knew you were falling for her, but past relationships had you tongue-tied, unable to say those three little words. She looked at you, and as your eyes met, she said: “Promise me this will never end, promise me you will never leave.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
You looked as she cradled the newborn baby in her arms, your emotions overflowing. She looked at you, and as your eyes met, eyes overflowing with tears, she said: “it’s our son. Our beautiful son.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
The years passed, and you were going through a rough spot. The arguments were more frequent; the silence at the dinner table was deafening; the woman you had held in your arms almost every night now slept with her back to you. She looked at you, and as your eyes met, eyes devoid of the emotion that was once so strong, and she said: “What are we doing and where are we going.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
You weathered the storm and rediscovered your love for each other. It seemed that now, after all these years, after raising two beautiful children, after all you had been through together, your love for each other was stronger than ever. But sadness filled the air as she had fallen ill, and your time together was now limited. You held her hand as she lay there, and she looked at you, and as your eyes met, eyes filled with sorrow, she said: “Don’t be sad. I lived a beautiful life, and it all started on a morning commute when I happen to look up and see my future staring back at me. I love you.”
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
The house is empty now; her memory is all you have. You look at a picture of the two of you holding each other and smiling, and as your eyes met, you say I love you.
So today, my horoscope said:
Dealing with the people you care for turns out to be a heavy burden. Spread the word far and wide, for it is time to set yourself free. After all, this kind of dependence ends up taking a serious toll. It’s not your job to carry someone else’s cross.
What a horrible way to think; as Christians, we believe that the Lord blesses us with His love and the strength to get through the storms that we face. He made the ultimate sacrifice when he gave us his son to relieve us of our sin.
1 Peter 2:24:
He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Knowing this, especially during these troubling times, how could we not pay His blessings forward to our fellow man. When the burden they face becomes too much for them to carry alone, should we not lift them up? Would we not want someone to help steady us when we are straining under the weight of our earthly troubles? Should we not help each other strengthen our faith when its waivers so we are reminded the Lord is working to relieve us of our angst? Have we forgotten that we are all children of the Lord, and He never gives us more than we can bear, and maybe it is through the compassion we show each other in difficult times that He is lessening our load? Do we not believe that He will look down upon us favorably and bless us tenfold for showing compassion to others? Remember, it is not only the righteous thing to do, but we are commanded to do it.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ
Remember, as humans, none of us is immune to troubles.
Psalms 34:18 tells us:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
How weak and selfish are we to expect the Lord to carry our burdens and believe it is not our responsibility to provide comfort and aid to others that we look at our assistance to others as a burden to ourselves and allow them to continue to struggle, crushed under the weight of their troubles.
May the Lord give us the strength to help those in need and the foresight never to turn our back on others.
GOP politicians are lining up to defend Trump’s racist tweets some going as far as too call them patriotic and informing us that we should just move on from this and get back to the business of governing.
REALLY? Just move on from it? So now You’re going to tell US what is racist and what isn’t. Is this the same logic you used when you told us Slavery wasn’t racist, segregation wasn’t fine as long as it was separate but “equal”, red lining wasn’t racist. the shooting of unarmed black men of color were justified.
No we can not simply move on from it.
Now more than ever we have a difficult time ahead of us. But we must shed our fear of it.
Because we are not here because of the path that lies before us but because of the path that lies behind us. Four hundred years we have endured slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia and the denial of basic human rights and with each step forward we take, with each of our achievement we accomplish it produces fear among those among who still preach hate, who look to divide, do not believe in the brotherhood of all but would rather hold onto the old ways of subjugation and bondage.
But we are rising up now, together as one, race, color, religion, creed, gender and national origin . We are a coalition of the righteous and we are gathering momentum each and every day. We are going to create a world where color, gender, religious belief and country of origin doesn’t matter. A world without conflicts and killings. A world without borders and boundaries. A world united not divided, ruled by love not hate. A world where anything is possible.
Today we send a message to those who still cling to the past, those who still preach hatred, those who still wish to divide this great nation not on the content of our character but on the the color of our skin. Today we take OUR country back from the racist and bigoted. Today we tremble these amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties from sea to shining sea. Today we remember, this is America where we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and all women regardless of color are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness.
Today we make them remember we are still here