As a child, I remember running around with my friends, laughing and going around hugging each other, telling everyone “We’re sisters (or brother and sister)…in God’s eyes!” It was a simple truth. There was no hate in our hearts. Our innocence was pure.
When I think about those words, I often wonder, when did we learn to hate? Imagine what the world would be like if we all treated each other like brothers and sisters. We’d tell the truth the way siblings do whether we like it or not. And we’d still fight the way siblings do. But we’d never let the other go hungry. We’d never let the other get hurt. And we’d be forced to make up after fights.
When my brother and I quarreled as kids, my parents would make us face each other with tear stained faces, and hug it out. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? At what age do we stop learning to swallow our pride and hug it out? Of course, I realize, as we become adults, there is no one there to force us to make up; but still, what was all that making up and hugging it out for, then? One less headache for our parents? I can’t imagine that would be the only reason for that.
“Love thy neighbor.” I don’t care if you’re Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, pagan, or atheist—be a good neighbor to at least one person, because in the end, we need each other. We just do.
Merry Christmas y’all!
BIG LOVE & HUGS