September 11th, I’m sure we can all remember where we were that day, who we were with and the same emotions we shared when our hearts had fallen to the ground in that moment. Who would strike our beautiful and glorious America? Surely this was a mistake, we were desperate for answers, but those answers would have to wait as we were all in a state of shock. To see our fellow country men and women with their lives at stake right before our eyes was more heart wrenching then any of us would choose to bear.
In that moment we forgot everything that divided us and we found everything that draws us together, that makes us one and united. Our love for one another, our love for humanity, our love for our country. Right now we are once again divided with the election upon us, arguing about our differences, discussing matters of weightiness that indeed do need to be resolved, but are unity is few far and between. We’re annoyed because he’s a Republican, she’s a Democrat and that person over there is far too liberal for our liking. During this time love is the last thing that’s on our minds, being right, being heard these are on the forefront of our agendas.
We become angry, hostile, intensely emotional during this time where our differences are laid out on the table and we judge who’s on this side and who’s on that side. Taxes, Abortion, Healthcare these are the things that we are ready to tear into one another over and to some degree it’s right. We are Americans and are given the blessed opportunity to express our freedom of speech, but damnit “just don’t disagree with me!” Freedom is a beautiful gift, but freedom that’s devoid of love is a terrible master.
I have a friend on Facebook who is very vocal about her political views, views to which I completely disagree with. They annoy the hell out of me! Today I was tempted to just unfriend her altogether, but stopped myself before I acted. I thought to myself ”Am I really willing to walk away from her friendship all because we disagree?” In that moment I chose to refuse to allow my differences with this individual rob me of the beauty that she offers. So what that she’s completely wrong in everything that she believes in politically (I’M KIDDING!! ..calm down), the truth is there are other parts of her that carry tremendous value that I want to continue to see and explore.
I’d much rather keep my love turned on and exercise my freedom to remain in relationship with people even when we don’t see eye to eye. It’s events like 9/11 that remind me that we’re not Democrats, Republicans or Liberals, but WE are the American People. We come together when our enemies strike against us, we help each other out when we’re in need and we hold hands as we stand united as One Nation under God.
With so many issues at hand that divide us, remember to allow love to be the common denominator. We will never forget 9/11, God’s blessings to the families who still carry the heartache of that day and to those who continue to serve and preserve our freedom.