My neighbor isn’t the person that lives next door or down the street. My neighbor is every single person on this planet.  Yes, I am my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.

Yesterday, we celebrated the life of Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. He envisioned a world where children of all colors would be able to sit next to each other in love. Although, today segregation is illegal in our country, it feels as if our country and our world is more divided than ever. The world feels infested with hate. It breaks my heart to know that so many good people died in order for all people, no matter what color or gender, could live in peace and pursue happiness. Yet, instead of moving towards that goal, we are moving backwards. We as human beings were called to love one another. It doesn’t matter what the other person looks like, what they believe or even if they love us back. Loving thy neighbor isn’t always easy but it’s necessary in order for our world to not fall into chaos and destruction.

There is still hope among all of the darkness and it’s inside of each one of us. Maybe if we stop looking at love as just a feeling but as a decision to treat someone with kindness and compassion, we can take a step out of the darkness and into the light.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 NIV

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