As a life coach training to become a non-denominational chaplain, I have the opportunity every day to sit with people of all faiths, listen to them speak from their heart, and pray with and for them, their families and their communities.
Yesterday, when I wrote about the hateful heart that killed, injured and maimed so many in Boston, and advocated that we stand up as a nation and work hard to stop the hate rhetoric, I received a comment by a reader who wrote, “I’d be among the first to exterminate anyone involved in such a scheme and any misborn spawn that they might have rutted into this world.”
Hate is a poison . . .
. . . that destroys souls,
. . . that destroys life,
. . . and any chance we may have of fulfilling our mission to be here for one another, for our planet, its creatures and all of its life forces, from the tiniest plankton in the sea to the largest mammal on Earth, with loving hearts.
We are here to care for one another as we care for ourselves,
We are here to do every little thing we do with love.
Every little thing.
So as we walk through each day, I pray . . .
that each and every one of us fill our soul with love,
that we seek a way to make ourselves the best human beings we can be,
that we pull any hate residing in our souls from our being,
and replace it instead with love.
May that love guide each of us as we walk through each day.
May that translate into mutual respect, understanding and peace such that we are, each of us, capable, willing, ready and able to be here for one another regardless of our race, religion or gender each and every day in everything we do. . .
on the street,
in our schools,
in our churches, . . mosques , . . synagogues . . . and temples . . .
and everywhere we journey.
May we come to understand and fulfill this mission of love and peace in our day, and may we all say: Amen.