The beginning of 2013 I started to write about what Diana wrote on her blog, “talktodiana”, on December 30, 2012, Diana wrote:“choose love over hatred…One person, one heart at a time, is all it would take. Perhaps, like me, you will choose love…even when someone believes differently than you, when things don’t work out quite the way you planned them and it feels like the entire world is against you. Let’s start with the person nearest to us. Let’s choose love.”
Then in a comment from one of my articles reminded me of what I started to write last January. Russell from russelrayphotos2 made this comment, “Why not ask your God to heal the sick, feed the hungry, house the homeless, and bring peace to the world? If there is a God, and all those billions of people were to ask for those four things, would S/he listen?”
In answer to his question, yes I do believe God listens and answers. His answer is to show us how we can all work together to restore the peace and love that was lost with the first sin. God is not the hatred that we see every day, God is love, He is peace, and He is the Light for our darkened world. Remember Jesus ate with the tax collectors and not only healed but physically touched those with leprosy. We can do no less.
Instead of only asking God for these things, let us ask God how does He want us to restore the world that He entrusted us to care for.
To begin we can share His love by lighting the candles of our hearts ~ the love that is in each of us, for the world to see. It is through the love of God that is in each of us that will bring restoration to our hurting world.
It is the same thing when at our Christmas Eve services we each light a candle passing that light to the person next to us lighting the way for the love of Jesus to enter our hearts. What if each of us symbolically lights a candle and as we do on Christmas Eve? We can light the candle next to the person nearest to us by loving them – lighting the way towards hope, love and peace.
We can write about it, express it in photographs or art or even by simply doing a good deed. We can pass it on so that by the end of 2014 everyone will experience God’s Love as we pave the road to peace.
Let us all share God’s love in practical ways. It can be something so easy as walking a cart back to the store for someone who is elderly or has a small child. It can be as simple as a smile to a weary store clerk or waitress. How many of us can buy an extra can of food when we go grocery shopping for our local food banks? Instead of buying that extra cup of coffee at a gourmet coffee shop put that money in a jar and at the end of the month donate to a local charity. Small? Yes, but if we all do our part you will be amazed to see how fast it multiplies to care for those in need. I leave little pass it on cards when I tip my waitress, something cheery to hopefully bring a smile to a weary soul. I have begun to put them in the bills I pay every month as well. There are many opportunities to pass the light that is in our hearts to someone else.
It has to start somewhere, let it start with you by lighting the candle of your heart and choosing love instead of hatred. Let us all light our candles and pass it along to light someone’s life.
Today February 12, 2014 I light my candle, passing the love of God to the next person I meet.