I have thought long and hard about writing this. The last political cycle was difficult for many of us in the United States. People took sides and unfortunately some of those people resorted to their baser natures. Crude speech and name calling reached new lows and I would like to think we are better than that.
Jesus told us there were two main commandments, love your God and love your neighbor. That is it. So, how do you show your love? It can be a simple smile and a pleasant greeting when meeting someone. It might be opening a door for a stranger. It might also be a gentle reminder to take the high road rather than the low road during a discussion. There are so many ways to show your love. With love comes respect. The two go hand in hand and maybe we need reminded of that.
There are times when all of us feel unloved. Jesus told us we are all loved by God. God loves people of all races, genders, sexual orientations and religions. I read the other day that there may be 41,000 denominations of Christianity, seventy three sects of Islam and five main divisions of Buddhism. God loves and cares for us all.
There is no special and better heaven for Episcopalians or Mormons or Buddhists or Baptists. We are all children of God and God loves each of us. That is God's gift.
God bless you,
Peace and Love