One More Time
Once again violence has touched our country. Innocent people are dead or maimed, and countless families are left to struggle with loss and senseless pain. As I write this there are many more questions than answers.
Somehow in our world differences have come to be seen as bad or flaws. We don’t listen to one another anymore we stake out positions and come heaven or hell we aren’t going to change. Compromise is a dirty word. We see this all over the world. People talk at one another rather than to one another. We have lost our sense of respect for those who think or act differently than we do.
Wayne Muller wrote, “To learn humility is to honor that your hurt and mine are one…that we share the gentle communion of being human.” The hurts, pains, wounds, and imperfections we collect over the years can make us bitter, frustrated, and angry or they can serve to remind us we are on a path of learning and growth; the choice is ours. We can embrace our differences and see them as adding to the texture and beauty of our human existence, or we can use them to create wedges and distance between us.
When we can avoid the labels of good and bad and see our differences as interesting and intriguing, we will have taken a giant step towards healing all of humankind. We can remember that God is expressing just as much in someone whose skin is a different color than ours, whose religious beliefs differ from ours, whose sexual orientation is different from ours, and whose political views are different from ours. It seems to me one of the great gifts that Jesus possessed was the ability to look beyond what appeared before his eyes and to see God everywhere and in everyone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more of us could do that?
So, we pray for all of those who suffered loss in Boston. We pray that this is the last time anyone has to die or be injured in cruel senseless acts of violence. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Our lives are shaped not as much by our experiences as by our expectations.” What if we begin to expect a higher standard of conduct from leaders everywhere; Standards that include treating everyone with respect and dignity, listening to different opinions, seeing everyone as worthwhile a child of God? I know that sounds naïve but maybe it’s time for a little naiveté obviously what we are doing now isn’t working. We need to rethink our approach to the world we are creating or perhaps we won’t be leaving a world to our children and grandchildren. As John Lennon once said, “You may say I’m a dreamer but I know I’m not the only one cause I know some day they’ll all join us and the world will be as one.”
Posted on April 17, 2013, in Inspirational and tagged Boston violence, George Bernard Shaw, harmony, healing, humility, Inspiration, Inspirational, John Lennon, peace, unity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.