Why Can’t We All Just Get Along

 

Because I’m not yet on Facebook, friends sometimes email me with a link to a photo or video they’ve seen on their sites, knowing I probably won’t have seen it yet.  (I promise one day I will  do Facebook and Twitter as well …. I’m just not there quite yet!)  This photo above is one of those Facebook links that I am so grateful a friend shared. When I first read the middle sign it brought up obvious memories of Rodney King who was so horribly attacked during the L.A. racial rioting in 1991.  Whether or not the photo intentionally or unintentionally echoed Rodney King doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that the sentiment still needs to be made.

In a world often filled with challenges so big we feel at a loss as to know how to respond … comes along two brave young guys who are willing to take a risk and send an important message to the world.  What they did was create a simple photo with a huge message encouraging others to celebrate our differences, not simply tolerate one another.  Sure, one is an Israeli Jew, the other a Palestinian Muslim – and that is awesome in and of itself; but what is even more crucial is that both are Children of our God Who doesn’t see the differences we humans seem to obsess over. What God sees are His Children – not two individuals who are a part of different religions or cultures.  May we celebrate all that makes us unique and end hate.

As a country and as individuals we pray that some semblance of peace can become real in the Holy Land, an area of our world that has been in the grip of violence for as long as anyone can remember.

Jewish Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote this prayer and I’d like to offer it as a prayer for peace the world wide:

A Prayer  For The World
Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.  Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.  So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness.  So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.  And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.  Amen.

May we all work towards establishing peace in our hearts, in our homes and in the world.

Peace friends,

Chuck

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