We all respond to the news & shock of heartbreak, tragedy, attacks, loss, grief & injustice differently, based on our experiences & even more so, on our mindsets & way of thinking. When something hits so close to home, it touches us even more, sometimes right at our core.
With some appointments being cancelled yesterday & social media seeming too much, I started writing a song about love & hate, war & peace because when "morning had broken" & the news hit, mourning broke out across the world for little lives in Manchester & something too familiar broke in me... again. I found myself asking how I was made & meant to respond, not just how I "should" & think I should react. My "knee-jerk" reactions haven't served me so well at times.
Pray.. what else can we do?
"Love your enemies"..ok..
What? "Love your enemies".
Seriously?! 😮😕😐 I honestly think this is one of the most challenging sentences in the most read book in the world because my own experiences with others doesn't always inspire love. They haven't "naturally" inspired forgiveness. There's an injustice that stings when little innocent happy lives are affected so awfully.
It does reminds me how I need to go back to school again & again.. & again, back to the drawing board to draw out what is inside that can block my future design.. to let these sentences challenge the hate, prejudice, judgement & bigotry out of my heart so Love can live there more fully.. not just for another human's sake but for my sake too. Hate & fear do us no good. They damage, divide & have the potential to destroy.
Love baffles me at times. I think of reasons why I am justified not to show it. The kind of Love that faces & challenges the hate & fear in me & others, head on, again and again and again, showing it the door, so I can grow more.. that Love does not come naturally, without "super"natural support & thinking. So my question is, how do we "Love our enemies"? Xxx