If you could

Neighbors

If you could do anything you wanted to do,
what would you do
for the thousands in Texas who have lost their possessions,
and life as they knew it,
a direct result of Hurricane Harvey or the flooding that followed?
The millions who are facing starvation in East Africa?
The children who will go to bed hungry tonight in your county?
The homeless in your city?
The unemployed?
The brokenhearted?
The almost 800, 000 DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” who are at risk for deportation?

The needs of the world can overwhelm.
Tempting us to turn our eyes away,
shrug our shoulders.
Cry.
Compassion and a sense of helplessness,
a heavy weight in our hearts and minds.

While we wrestle with,
struggle to identify
what we can do realistically for the many,
there is always something we can do for the one.
The person in front of us.
Ringing up our groceries.
Taking our dollars at the gas station.
Our articles of clothing at the dry cleaners.
Sitting next to us at the doctor’s office.
In our places of worship.
On the bus or train.
Living across the street.
Sitting across from us at the dinner table.

First and foremost,
we can pray.
And recognize consistently His image in them.
Imago Dei.
We can be kind.
Courteous.
Hold the door.
Say hello.
Ask how she is
and wait for a reply.
Extend grace.
Give.
Forgive.
Love wholeheartedly.

This is not an excuse not to seek out opportunities
to join with others working to change policy.
To make a difference beyond our immediate circles.
It is about redeeming the time we have.
Doing, to paraphrase the words of Theodore Roosevelt,
“What we can, with what we have, where we are.”
Remembering that we are pilgrims.
Sojourners.
Passing from life to eternity.
It is about recognizing that even when we cannot do great, world changing things,
we can follow Mother Teresa’s admonition
and
do
“Small things with great love.”

Imago Dei and Self-evident truths

Imago Dei and Self-evident truths

 

 26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]….’ 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27, AMP)

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence, 1776).

How do we live as if each person was created in the image of God? Is it true that the following truths are self-evident: all men are created equal; all men are endowed by their Creator with rights that are impossible to take away or give up? Rights that include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?” Do we really believe this? I wonder because true belief changes behavior.