A Reminder to Love

Marilee walking away from the camera, picking her way over large rocks along the beach with the ocean in the backgroundWe are living in a time of dissension and conflict about almost everything—from Critical Race Theory to LGBTQ+ rights to wearing masks to who should be able to vote. It’s easy to become numb to the arguments or to only appreciate one point of view or to characterize the “other side” as incompetent and ignorant. It’s easy to become confused and not know who to listen to or how to behave. I need a reminder to love.

So in the midst of all my own questions about these things, I am grateful to be reminded by the Apostle Paul’s words from 2,000 years ago: “The entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14).

Reminder to Love

When I’m confused about political issues and ideologies, love.

When I’m tempted to condemn the people I disagree with, love.

When I’m worried what people will think of me if I support a new idea, love

When I’m jealous and fearful and angry, love.

Love myself, which will teach me how to love my neighbor, which will lead me into the only eternal truth about who we are and why we’re here and what this life is meant to be about. Love.

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Hi, I’m Amy Julia.

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