Castles in the Sand

When the waters rise, will our castles remain?

Chain link fence

Dehumanizing groups of people has always been a part of human history, and if anything, it is stronger than ever today. When the most powerful person on earth has spoken repeatedly of groups of people as “drug dealers, criminals, and rapists,” due only to their nationality, saying “these aren’t people. These are animals” about anyone (even gang members), and professing entire groups of people as “the enemy of the people” simply because they report things he doesn’t like (even if provably true), we need to reevaluate.

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Stained glass window image of Good Samaritan

Whether you adhere to a Christian faith and care about the question of eternal life or just want to have a positive life here on earth, heed the words of Jesus in this story. He asks what is written in the law: love God and love your neighbor. He then makes explicitly clear that everyone is your neighbor, regardless of any differences you may have. Now that it’s clear who is your neighbor, he gives us one final command: go and do it.

There are a lot of things in this world that make it hard not to speak out in anger and hate. But as we’ve seen, that only makes everything worse. This does not mean I won’t call things out. But it does mean that I will carefully choose my words in an effort to ensure they come from a place of love and encouragement to be and do better.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. In case this is news to you, there’s still time. Not much, but some. This seems to be the kind of announcements we receive from advertisements each year as Mother’s Day approaches: hurry now before it’s too late! Don’t forget to buy something for your mother to show how much you …

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I hate working in the yard. I highly doubt I’m alone in this stance, but I’ve always found weeding tedious and ineffective. No matter how much work you do, it takes very little time for it all to be undone. Yesterday I was tearing out the weeds in my front yard when Kelli came over. …

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