Learn to Love Those Who Hate

I am saddened and heartbroken today over the acts of violence in Charlottesville. I sat with the news written on my heart looking for words that could overcome frustration and focus on love and social justice on a deep level. This is what came through when I prayed for the right words.

God calls us to love with compassion, tolerance and acceptance, so we must try to look past acts of hatred and violence to see a person that clearly learned to hate.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

-Nelson Mandela

And if these people learned to hate, maybe there is hope for hurting people to learn to love. Hurt people hurt people. Those who breed hate in the heart of others and commit hate crimes are suffering from wounds and misinformed minds that only love can undo.

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The tapestry of our souls
Woven over our lifetime
Tells a story no outside
Perspective ever could.
No identity based on looks,
Job, social status or wealth
Could depict who we are.
Threads that root in our heart
Is what I want to be known for.
It’s the words I want to last
Beyond my time on earth.
Words dissipate where feelings endure.
Allow someone to feel your heart,
To see your whimsical tapestry
And the rare beauty it holds.
They will never know the true you
Without feeling every thread.
Share what’s in your heart,
What is on your heart,
And what is weighing it down.
When you one day leave,
The souls you touched
Will spread your legacy of love
Allowing your spirt to live on.
The legacy you leave
Is up to your heart.
No one will remember
Anything you were or
What you possessed on paper.
No, they will remember
How you made them feel,
In the lost moments,
In the weak moments,
In the joyous moments
And the in between moments.
You may have a job,
But if you tirelessly bleed love
Onto the souls of others
You have fulfilled
your God given duty,
your gift from above.
Spread your seeds of love.
Then watch them sprout.

—Karilyn Owens

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