I have always tried to stay quiet about politics and religion. I feel both of these are very personal and I do not want to get into it with my "friends" because most of the time I feel very isolated in my thoughts and views. I am still not going to talk politics. I will talk a little about religion because my heart is aching! I live in a small town with some feeling of isolation even when I am in a large group of people. The thing I love the most about my current career choice is my ability to travel and meet new people. I love Facebook and Instagram because it puts me in contact with lots of people. I am beginning to be appauled at the comments and postings of some of my online friends from both sides of the fence. I am in total disbelief at what some are posting in the name of Christianity. I am almost to the point of leaving Facebook until this election is over but I would miss some wonderful posts by some amazing people. For example I loved being included in Pam Holland's post about a new grandchild. I like knowing that people I care about are safe in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding.
I like seeing Lissa Alexander's posts of old photos of her family. I don't want to miss any of these things. I have friends on Facebook and in real life who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and even some who are not sure what they believe. I have friends who are straight and gay. I have friends who are of all nationalities and ethnicity. I don't judge anyone on who they worship, who they love or what color their skin is or how much money they have. I just want to look up to people who are true to their beliefs and treat others with love and respect.
There is a Christian hymn that is called "They'll Know We Are Christians" and I love the words. It is based on a verse from the Bible, John 13:35. The lyrics contain these words: We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We will work with each other, we will work side by side We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand By our love, by our love And they'll know we are "Christians" by our love, by our love The last verse could read: "And they will know they are loved by our love."
In these turbulent times I pray that we can all just live by some variation of these words no matter what your religious belief or political party. Just be kind to one another and love each other as you want to be loved. On a lighter note, I am way late in announcing my winner of the week from last Friday.
The winner of a Junior Layer Cake is Lynn Wingard.
Lynn message me your address so we can get it in the mail.