My heart is heavy today as I remember the unconditional love I lost from two people on April 13, 2014. How do you replace that? Can you rightly count on other family members to fill it, completely? Is it fair to ask friends to fill the void? The vast void that debilitates me is the same void that pushes me to help others.
Feeling the pain, the deep sorrow, the difficulty breathing…if you have lost a dear loved one, you know what I am describing. I sit it in this painful space this morning and allow myself to remember. My father and son deserve my remembrance.
Kindness – unconditional, revolutionary – Love. This is what it takes to move onward. Kindness and Love for myself, for others and maybe for my enemies. (I have pity for the shooter, I cannot state I have love).
Faith – the scriptures I read from the Bible remind me that I am loved unconditionally by God. He is more than capable to fill the void. Hebrews 11:1 “Walk by faith, not by sight.” Romans 4:13 “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.”
Healing – I find healing & peace knowing Dad and Reat are in Heaven. I find healing learning how my friend Sunayana looks to her faith, Hinduism for her care. I find healing learning from Mahnaz, Syed, Syeda and Hibba about Islam and how their faith leads them to have such similar values to mine. I find healing talking with Alana, Gail, Ruth, Ellen and Irv among many others who share their Jewish prayers with me, offering love, care and strength.
I am thankful to learn that I can stand in my own faith and respect others, so much so that they heal me.
Today is SevenDays® Connect Day. If not us, then who? Connect with someone or something today that helps you and helps others – even your enemy.
The Community Blood Center has partnered all week long, including today for the purpose of helping us connect with one another.
Saturday, April 14th is YOU Day. Join us in taking care of YOU. Two locations available. Register here.
Sunday, April 15th is GO Day. Get off the couch, get outside with family and friends. Join us at our interfaith dialogue workshop hosted by Cleveland University. Register here.
Monday, April 16th is ONWARD Day. Join us as a community ready to stand for love, kindness and faith. Hosted by the National World War I Museum & Memorial. Sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Register here.
Thank you to the entire Kansas City community, friends of religious and non-religious beliefs who have continued to support, pray,and donate to our foundation, Faith Always Wins.
In faith, love and kindness,