"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have a dear friend who lives in Charlottesville, VA and works at UVA. She is the sweetest lady and a true Christian. She and her family shouldn't have to live in fear, especially because her skin is darker than mine. Unfortunately, the world we live in is filled with sin and darkness pervades, there will be hate.
How can we make a difference? One life, one day, one moment at a time. We need to stop being "me" focused and instead embrace humility and be "others" focused. We need to embrace the One, True, Light (Jesus Christ) and Truth because, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so astutely proclaimed, only light can drive out the darkness. Furthermore, we need to stop looking at differences in skin color, in abilities, in gender, in socioeconomic status because in reality, we are all people in a hurting, chaotic, messy world trying to swim upstream. Instead, we need to be helping one another and embracing our unique differences. In fact, we must look at the person's heart because it is their heart that truly matters. What is inside a person: their drive to persevere despite struggles, their kindness to all they meet, their love of others, their loyalty to family and friends, and their faith.
Let us strive to live better, to believe, to dream, to hope, to extend grace to one another, and to love without abandon. Join me in praying for God's peace to pervade and His love to overcome!