Here we go again . . . Fear vs. Love
I am sorry to say I do not pay much attention to the news. But, when a Black "son" of mine who lives in Charlotte, NC, posted on Facebook that he was OK, I had to find out what he meant. There it was again . . . people doing awful things to other people because they are afraid. Another friend of mine posted on Facebook one of my favorite texts, Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." I believe that when we understand that we are all children of a loving Parent-God who made us all to be brothers and sisters, we can learn not to be afraid, and can quit behaving toward one another out of fear. Another thing that has been happening in my life is that I have been learning about how the mid-sized American city I now call home —Boise, ID—is offering new lives to many refugees. Refugees are people who, for one reason or another, cannot live in their homes anymore because of this war between fear and love. I am glad that, for a short time, I did start paying attention to the news. Today I read in the newspaper about a six-year-old boy in New York state who saw what happened to a five-year-old boy in Syria, and wrote to our president, offering to be his new brother and to make him part of their family. I want every Christian boy and girl to display that kind of love and caring. Actually, I want every adult, too, to get over being afraid, rejoice in how much God adores each of His children, and go about sharing the love of God with everyone in their world.