Love Fulfills The Law Of God
When my family gathers together, we look like the United Nations. There are so many colors from dark brown West African hue, to Pennsylvania Dutch,and Irish, the lightest hue.
We love each other unconditionally. We are determined to walk in love and acceptance of all people regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or religion.
When my sister's son was born, we all met at the hospital to welcome him into the world. His relatives from Appalachia were there. His Asian relatives were there. All of us were there. We saw patients/nurses staring at us. They had never seen a family like ours.
We are Caucasian, African, African American, Asian, Native American, and probably many things in between. Our love and devotion, not our color differences, is what seals us together.
I raised my son to accept people for how they are and not for who they are. Everywhere he goes, he is an ambassador. He reaches out to people from all walks of life. We believe that God's mandate is for us to grow, to develop, to look for ways to find common ground with our fellow man. It doesn't not come easy. There has to be leadership in the family. There has to be a lot of prayer and humility. There has to be trust and forgiveness.
At one time, I counseled a young man who was very troubled. He had been a happy-go lucky teen. Then he began hanging around a group of angry people who wanted people divided. His character changed. His countenance changed. He was always mad. I tried to warn him not to ruin his life. His family's worst fears came true.
One night they attacked an old man who had gone out to get his wife's medicine. It was simply because of the color of his skin. The old man was a World War II decorated veteran. Because of his age, he died from the concussion.That young boy and two others have life in prison. His "friends" don't visit him. His family doesn't visit him. He is alone, with no hope of ever leaving that prison alive.
When we live each day as if it is our last day on earth, we realize that the things that we think are important, money, class, social standing, groups, are not important at all.
I am not saying that every family should be like ours. I am saying that whatever the trials and challenges in life you face, especially concerns that have to do with "people" problems, face them with faith, courage, and determination to do what is right. You will never regret doing what is right.
Being at the bedside of several dying people has taught me some things. At that last moment, people want to be surrounded by family, faith, assurance, and those who truly love them.