After a meeting with an editorial board of the local newspaper, I was walking to the door with the interviewer. We’d been talking about the general tone of divisiveness in our society today. What was the cure? The man, not exactly a hard-bitten reporter, (but someone who you assume is trained to be skeptical and hard-headed), just said “love”. I half-joked that I would settle for tolerance. He insisted that it was love.
He was right of course.
There’s sometimes a perception in society that love is just a warm squishy feeling.
Real love is actually muscular and active. It’s been said that miracles are love in action. When love is expressed in societal terms, it means that hungry people are fed, homeless people find shelter, children are given good educations, health care is a right, and working people make living wages. It means that the environment is respected, that food is grown sustainably, that the energy we generate is clean, and that our air and water are protected. It means that if we create a mess in our relationships or in how we live, that we take responsibility for it and do our best to clean it up.
Love also means that we give and take in discussion, that we listen with respect to differing points of view (even if we’re ready to jump out of our skins with how ‘wrong’ the other person is). It means we try to understand what values motivate people to believe and act they way they do, so we can find understanding, if not agreement.
It means we comfort the hurt, empower the powerless, and do our best to ensure that people get what they most need to thrive, not just survive.
These are the everyday miracles of love in action.
May we pursue our paths, creating miracles by actively expressing our love,