We're all in this together.
There is so much going on in the world right now; terror attacks in Paris and Nigeria, refugees in Syria, racial and economic tensions here in the States, climate change, global discord and strife... There is much to be worried and anxious about, so its easy for us to fall into fear and despair, easy for us to distrust and condemn our fellow man. However, in all of this madness, it is important for us to know that there is much, much more to life than hurt, anger, and blame. In fact, we are all here for a unified purpose, a unified goal; we are here to love each other and to love God. Dare I say it, but by loving each other, we are serving God directly, with no filter or middle-man.
This week, we need to remember that there are people all around us who need our compassion and our help. Although it becomes easy to exclude and turn away those who are different from us, we must remember that we are all in this together. Be it refugees from foreign lands or the homeless and disenfranchised in our own neighborhoods and cities, we are here to be a blessing to those who are in need - no matter where they come from. We each have been blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. Somewhere there is a neglected child that needs a mentor, an addict that needs a word of encouragement, and a struggling mother that needs help with Thanksgiving dinner for her family. There are so many ways that we can help our fellow man and woman. Let us not become so closed off by anger and hurt that we reject the opportunity to do what we have been put here to do. We are one people, we are our brother's keeper. Let's remember that while on this journey.