The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, and peace; three blessings God gives us. Meekness and tenderness are the results of these gifts. My lament is to encourage not enrage, remembering that as with others I have faced many traumas in my seventy-eight years. I feel the presence of he Holy Spirit in my life, transforming my heart and my relations with others.

I create space in my life for those that people call “the others.” God loves all His children, and, when I love others, God’s Love is stronger for both of us. We cannot live in peace and harmony without this Love. For me, this is a life-long journey of blessed light that spreads the good news of Jesus’s journey with us. I, therefore, encourage, not enrage, my actions and love towards those surrounding me.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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