With news of the election results here in the United States a division can be seen among Americans in a way I have not seen before. While there has been division before, this seems larger than that.
I see ignorance and taunting. Educated human beings, lacking the emotional capacity to truly empathize, and love others as Jesus Christ would do. Even among my own religion I see this, having just read a letter from a local religious leader, there is continuation of an inability to grasp the intellectual and emotional growth outside of their walls, not by all but by those in power.
In all cases I am seeing a tendency for some overblown egos … who don’t even realize that they have one.
People in powerful positions who fail to have the knowledge, experience and ability to truly empathize with other human beings is a misuse of power. When one closes off their mind, heart – and soul they are unable to truly lead anyone in a positive manner.
With all of the gifts we have been given in Trinity there is so much abundance. There is room for everyone in the United States ,and there is room for everyone in the Kingdom of God, both here in our physical life, and after our passing from this life.
It frightens me honestly to seen this inability in leaders because situations are going to implode upon them and they don’t see it coming. We can’t build a fence along the entire southern border of the US. We cannot fill up buses or planes and just send people who have established lives “away”. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, muslim, jew, christian, or buddhist, I love you– we’re all in this life together.
A unity could be seen, in some area’s still in infancy, some on toddler or preteen stages. We cannot allow this growth to regress.
We need to pray for all of our leaders. Government and Religious who are removed from real life experience, they cannot see the forest through the trees. Sadder yet, is to see them make jokes of God’s gifts and too often I hear that gong banging…
A portion of today’s readings from the Divine Office;
Never repay evil with evil. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine – I will pay them back, says the Lord. But there is more: If your enemy is hungry, you should give him food, and if he is thirsty, let him drink. Resist evil and conquer it with good.
1 John 3:16
This has taught us love – that he gave up his life for us; and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers.
1 John 4:9-11
God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away. My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.
~I’m going to share a little story of my life. Some of you who know me, or those of you who have read my blog from the beginning, have heard part of this. I was born without hip sockets in 1962. Medical technology wasn’t the same then as it is now, combine that with having parents who were not well-educated and lived a bit of a gypsy lifestyle – I was almost four years old before I was diagnosed and what I refer to as guinea-pig surgery became part of my life.
One time I was in the hospital for over 7 months straight, sent home only because the measles were going around the hospital and had not yet hit my ward. The surgeries failed and in truth ended up causing me a lot more problems (and pain) than I had prior to. Good intentions though and what they learned with me enabled them to help other kids. I do find solace in that ♥.
Now, I am going to skip past years and many details of my life, I’ll add in the short sentence: I was married for 20 years to a man who was physically, emotionally and spiritually abusive. It was a lonely sad life, during which I did undergo three surgeries in which I had hip sockets constructed (and I “grew” 4″ taller! – in my 30’s). I wouldn’t wish any of these experiences on anyone.
The first reading above, never repay evil with evil is what brings this part of my life to my writing this evening. Several months ago my former husband was in a very bad motorcycle accident. His pelvis was crushed (he lost a testicle, almost both…). Very traumatic, painful. I still remember the phone call from my son and how I felt. My very first thoughts were to God to protect and save him. That surprises people who don’t know me, those that know me were not surprised. What did surprise me is in recent weeks all three of our sons have commented on how they had felt it was deserved and now he knows what I have endured my lifetime. He apparently walks with a bit of a limp, is having a difficult time maneuvering which makes his work difficult – and he is in pain.
While it is good my sons felt able to confide their feelings to me, it made me sad that they would consider retribution of this sort being just, because that is not what God teaches us. So, I had some good discussions with the boys (separately).
The next two verses tell us of God’s love for us and His desire for us to truly love one another. I try to live this in my every day life and I pray to grow in this.
I have to consider what I have said about people in powerful places, leaders above and pray for them – and I will add as a survivor of domestic violence this very real truth;
There are things in life we learn as we grow. Some of these truths are realizations of those powerful folks using methods of emotional, physical and spiritual – abuse. These things may be laying below the surface and not visible, but, to the persons being abused. Our loving Father does not look lightly upon anything that hurts his children. We are committed to Him directly not the government of a country, employer or religious institution. I have read judgemental comments stating things like “not wanting that on my conscience”.
I’ll take that and raise you one –
I would not be able to live with myself, seeing truths, not to voice them, at times in very painstaking ways because I fear the hurt it may cause . . . not because of “my conscience” – but because I answer to my Triune God. The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit.
~Blessings & Prayers for all of the courageous people who work hard to have an open mind and accepting heart.