“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. . .”
Lyrics by Hal David with music by Burt Bacharach
(a wild weed volunteer under the bird feeder / Julie Cook / 2015)
In 1965 Jackie DeShannon’s rendition of What the World Needs Now hit number 7 on the top 100 play charts.
This was two years before the famous, or infamous depending on who you ask, Summer of Love.
It was a precipitous time in our Nation. . .
For little did any of us fully grasp that at this particular tender time, we were on a oneway collision course with what looked to be a National implosion of epic proportions.
It was a time that was pre Woodstock, pre pill, pre woman’s lib, yet post Cuban Missile Crisis, and post JFK assassination. . .
Growing ominously in the distance were the beating drums of war as this was the same year the first US troops found their way to shores of the Sea of China, just north of Da Nang, Vietnam. . .
Fast forward to September 1st 2015. . .Breaking News. . .a Fox Lake, Illinois police officer is shot by 3 assailants and dies from his wounds. He’s a 32 year law enforcement veteran who leaves behind a wife and four children. The suspects are still at large as the entire community is put on lock down.
This incident comes on the heels of a coldblooded assassination, which took place over the weekend of a Texas Sheriff’s deputy who was shot while simply pumping gas, filling up his police car. A man approached him from behind, shooting him executioner style.
When he fell to the pavement, the gunman stood over the body, emptying his gun into an obviously dead body—an exclamation point of murder.
This incident comes on the heels of a coldblooded assassination, wait, didn’t I just said that. . . of two television journalist in Virginia. . .etcetera, etcetera, ad infinitum
There’s been a lot of banter recently about “Black Lives Matter”. . .
However I heard a response from the Sheriff of the deputy who was shot that I think sums up all of this craziness best. . .his response to the press just following the murder of his deputy was, and I’m paraphrasing, . . .’that there has been lots of talk surrounding the Black lives matter conversation but we all need to drop the qualifiers and understand one thing. . .that ALL lives matter—doesn’t matter black, white, brown, yellow. . .ALL lives matter. . .’
For you see, in this one man’s grief over the wasteful loss of life, he gets it–he can actually see to the core of what is yet just one more divisional line to so many divisional lines in this Nation of ours. . .
. . .for in the heart of God, there are no distinctions. . .
there is no line of separation, no color, no status, no sides, no qualifiers. . .all that exists is a Love that is as wide and tall as it is deep. . .as in never ending.
It does not discriminate, nor does it look twice. . . it does not set limits nor does it demand anything in return. . .It is equal, all inclusive, welcoming and offered to each and everyone. . .who so chooses to accept it—and that’s the kicker. . .choosing to accept it–choosing love, forgiveness, surrendering of self, of pride, of ego, of hate, of suspicion in exchange for Love. . .a Love that has been offered from a Father and bought with the ultimate price by a son, so that you and I could stop the madness and live a life that finally lets go of the hate—
Which brings me to what exactly this world of our seems to need. . . NOW. . .
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Nicely done Julie and much to think about in these days. We spend so much time wishing the politicians would fix all of this. The real truth is that they cannot. That man who gunned down the officer at the gas pump makes me wonder. Did he know any Christians? Did any of them ever tell him about Jesus?
Oh so true Wally–had this man ever known compassion, kindness, acceptance. . .?–or had he simply been taken by evil, rejecting all that was os light and of life—?
Oh I know that there is to be no kum-bah-ya sort of love fest to be sure, as evil walks this would just as you and I walk—yet in the end, the only thing that will win and remain— will be God’s divine loving Grace—
Indeed it is the only thing that will change this world and it is our job to tell it
Julie, it is so very true that we all need to stop being afraid of each other and recognize God in each person – for God is there whether that person realizes it or not. We are all one in “the heart of God”. This can only begin with each of us – it cannot be legislated. Blessings for you as each of us endeavours to live as God would have us!
All we can do Lynda is to mirror that Love to a world in need–and you are right, it cannot be legalized or mandated sadly—it must simply be lived and practiced—-
Blessing to you this wonderful Wednesday—
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And the need for love grows greater and greater! Sad, sad state of affairs is the world in these days! But as you said to Lynda, all we can do is mirror the Love of God to a world in such desperate need. Hugs and love, Natalie 🙂 ❤