The Law of Love

Like many of you, I have been grappling with my thoughts for the past few weeks. My heart is heavy, and at this particular time, it is difficult to adequately convey my feelings about all that is happening in the world.

The most difficult thing for me has been witnessing what happens when people stop listening to one another. Conversation stops and tempers flare.

And we have all been isolated for three months with no human interaction other than Zoom, chat rooms, and social media. This could never be a good thing.

Pick a Side 

“Whose side are you on?”

This is a question with huge ramifications, especially when it is presented on social media. Everyone must choose a side. There is no space for neutrality or an urgency to seek common ground. And sharing your opinion can be downright dangerous, with “doxxing” becoming a favorite weapon used to intimidate and silence opposing thought.

Sadly, this is how many people not only find their world perspective, but view their personal worth. Without social media accounts, they lose their identity altogether.

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Love God and Love People

I am grateful that my identity is grounded in my faith. As a follower of Jesus, I do my best to live according to his teachings. It is the only way I can feel at peace as I navigate my way through this chaotic world.

When asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied,

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬

Simply put, this is the law of love.

We all must recognize the importance of listening to our neighbors when they are hurting. If we lose our ability to empathize and feel compassion for one another, how can we begin to heal?

I was listening to a song on the radio yesterday, Love God Love People by Danny Gokey. The simple lyrics speak to the scattered lives we live in this time and place, running in circles, jumping the hurdles. Perhaps we make life way more complicated than it needs to be.

If each of us commits to loving ALL God’s people, lives will change. Maybe it really is that simple.


Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Mother’s Day 2020

“Normally“

Today will be different in so many ways.

Normally we would welcome Mother’s Day morning with open windows and fresh air. I would sip my coffee on the patio while listening to the birds. Not so today in northern Virginia. This morning it was 32 degrees when I awoke, and there was ice in the birdbath. Other neighbors to our north posted videos of snowflakes flying yesterday afternoon. How bizarre considering that last week I turned on the air-conditioner for the first time this season!

Normally we would enjoy a special dinner out with our family, including my mother and brother. This year we are unable to visit Mom in her nursing home due to COVID-19. My brother will drop off flowers and a card for her today, but they must be sanitized before she can enjoy them. And we hope to Facetime with her later, but this year she will not recognize our faces.

Normally, at the end of this day, I would go online and peruse all the photos of moms enjoying life with their kids, visiting grandparents, going out on the town, and dining in restaurants. Today I‘m sure I will see lots of family photos, but in a very different setting.

Adapting

We aren’t doing life “normally” nowadays, but we are adapting to a new way (dare I say, a better way?) of living.

  • Teachers, students and parents have all plunged, albeit reluctantly, into distance learning. (Well done!)
  • High school and college seniors have found unique ways to celebrate their graduations and commencements. (Congratulations!)
  • Military families are streaming commissioning ceremonies online, while demonstrating the importance of contingency planning. 🇺🇸
  • Families are spending more time outdoors, walking, biking, scavenger hunting, gardening, cooking and more. (Shout-out to my friend, Rita, for sharing this photo of a rock she discovered on a recent walk!)
  • Kids and adults alike are taking up new crafts and hobbies, or re-discovering projects they once enjoyed.
  • Churches, including small ones like ours, are streaming services online, reaching beyond their regular attendees. (Visit our Sundays Online page!)
  • And best of all, we are genuinely caring for our neighbors and those who are isolated during this pandemic.

Are you seeing it too?

For me, as a mom, this has been such a challenging, yet hope-filled time, to see everyone caring for one another. There is a lot of background noise in the world of politics and partisanship, but for the rest of us folks, we are just trying to get by. We are working together, at a distance, to make sure everyone has enough to eat. To make sure no one is alone. To make sure our front-line workers know they are appreciated.

We are living the example that Jesus taught.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John‬ ‭13:35‬

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My Mother’s Day wish:

Don’t let this challenging time fade from your memory. Our doors and windows will swing open again one day soon. When they do, and when we all step outside again, enjoying our old, familiar activities, let’s continue to love and nurture one another.

 

Featured photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash