Dear reader: I have edited the piece below. After much thought I realized I needed to further clarify this important point. While hate exists our individual and collective responsibility is to love, and not hate.
We do not know what today we shall face
The things we will see or hear
This I pray will be in our hearts
Love that darkness cannot erase
God’s comfort in our fear
Voices raised would seek for us to believe,
there is more hate than love.
With this lie they seek people to deceive
The truth is there is yet still more love than hate
We defeat the lie by embracing this truth
Love still burns within many
It is there in each act of kindness
Every time you shed tears for the hurting
When you help others
When you are a light in someone’s darkness
Those times you practice the power of love
A phone call to cheer up someone who needs you
An outstretched hand that says you care
You are not alone
I am here
I will not go away
How can I be a blessing to your day?
When others seek for you to believe in a world filled with hate,
show them the truth that lives inside you.
Love that is given free
Love that says to others,
“I will be here as long as you need me.”
Love that teaches a child to love
To treat everyone equally as their brother
If we fail teaching our children to love and let all hate go,
this will one day be a certainty.
The end of our humanity
Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. We are starting You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Creatures Great and Small. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy.