In God’s Eyes…
In God’s eyes, we are all the same! Lately, I find myself saying this a lot; and sometimes I have to work hard at convincing myself that it’s actually true. I find it troubling that I could forget so easily what I know in my heart to be true.
I suspect I’m not alone. I suspect that as a result of the divisiveness surrounding the current political climate, many of us find ourselves, and everyone else for that matter, focused on our differences — not on our similarities, and certainly not on our humanness. When Mrs. Clinton used the phrase “basket of deplorables” to describe certain members of her political opposition, we were “all” quick to react. In my opinion, regardless of which side of the fence we currently stand on, the fact that the fence even exists makes us all a little deplorable and a little less human.
To move from deplorables to tolerables, we need to rediscover our humanness. Jean Vanier, the founder of L’ARCHE, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities writes “to become human implies two realities. It means to be someone, to have cultivated our gifts, and also to be open to others, to look at them not with a feeling of superiority but with eyes of respect. It means to become men and women with the wisdom of love. We cannot know what crisis awaits humanity, but its future is not just in the hands of politicians and corporations, but in our hands. Peace will come through dialogue, through trust and respect for others who are different, through inner strength and a spirituality of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness.”
If you are going to put me in a basket, put me in with the tolerables who never forget that we are all the same in God’s eyes…..always.