We played dodge ball today. I wish I could share the photo of all the children, youth and adults playing together and the smiles on their faces. I am refraining from sharing to protect their privacy, but it was amazing. My favorite part was playing with the kids in wheel chairs, and watching them play and laugh with the group.
In the wake of what happened in Orlando this week, and thinking about what we can do, I have the answer.
We can choose to love one another and to play nicely together, no matter what. It’s one small way to make a difference. Listen. Share. Play. Love. Be fair. Take turns. Follow the rules. Include everyone. Be gentle. Run and laugh. Keep moving. Be kind. Repeat.
(Just like playing dodgeball.)
nAMaste BeLoveRs. Spread the love.
Be not afraid.
I go before you, always.
Come follow me.
And I will give you rest.
Those are a few of the words from one of my favorite Christian songs that bring back so many great memories.
When the Parisians were stuck at the stadium and were attempting to exit, they began to sing the French national anthem. They sang to unify and comfort one another and to connect and to be stronger than their attackers. They did not give into fear.
There is evil surrounding us, not only in Paris, Beirut, Syria, but around the world and it is up to us to fight and band together against evil. We are connected through our humanity and we need to practice our courage and love, every day.
Have courage to be loving, BeLoveRs. Stand up to hate.
Share the love.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité .
It’s a historical day in America.
Love is love.
Love one another.
Equality and justice and love for all.
Celebrate each other and the love we bring to this world, every day.
Life is good. Live it up BeLoveRs!! And spread the joy.
I am so sad about the shootings in South Carolina. I don’t understand hate and I acknowledge it exists. I just don’t understand why we have to hate those that are different from us.
I love everyone and want to know everyone’s story and culture and history. I want to celebrate our differences and learn from each other. I want to celebrate each others’ rituals and live it up together and lift each other up.
I want us all to learn how to get along and to see our connected humanity. We are one love, BeLoveRs. It’s really not all that complicated.
Today was our family’s last day of volunteering all week at Vacation Bible School. I know we don’t all believe in the same faiths, but what I do know is that we love our communities and what brings us together. We shared a common experience this week and practiced one love and I hope that our practice makes a small difference in our one little world.