Let us All Prosper

With the new year, we all make resolutions to improve ourselves. I say that we should only make one: reduce the greatest difficulties in our lives. The only way we can do this, I believe, is to take a greater interest in our fellow man (and woman), be kind, be patient, and accept each as a child of God who is just as damaged as we are and are looking for a way to survive this pandemic-threatened world.

Give charity to one another and not just in monetary form. Lift those we see and those we do not see up to God in prayer, asking for God to lift all of us from suffering, from envying, and from egotism. Jesus invites us to love one another; love is not a word; love is a deed, a function of our lives. The only way we can prosper is through love. It is all God asks.

We are now separated from our families, our friends, and our neighbors, all around the world. Our community is divided because of this virus. Some take precautions, some do not, but all are in our family. We must turn toward each other in love and compassion, share our stories of isolation and quarantine.

If we want to survive this pandemic, we cannot add to it by hate and opposition. We look upon the face of Jesus and see God. We must look upon the faces of others and see Jesus before us; see the ocean of Love pouring forth in a gentle torrent. It is there for all to see. None of us have seen the face of God until we recognize it in the faces of those we disagree with. Accept what we see; go, let us all prosper.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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