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What Did He Mean?

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Yesterday was Easter….

In thinking about Easter and all it means today and historically while spending the day with my children and grandchild, I had time to ponder the meaning of Easter. Not just the death and resurrection of Jesus…but the real meaning of his life and death.

Jesus with many children of the worldAs a child many decades ago, even before the Civil Rights legislation, in bible school in Georgia, I remember quite vividly singing a children’s song in which the words still ring in my memory:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They’re all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Whether you’re rich or whether you’re poor
It matters not to Him
He remembers where you’re going
Not where you’ve been

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They’re all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

If your heart is troubled
Don’t worry, don’t you fret
He knows that you have heard His call
And he won’t forget

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They’re all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

All around the world tonight
His children rest assured
That He will watch and He will keep us
Safe and secure

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They’re all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

How can anyone claim to be a Christian while ignoring the very lyrical lessons we were taught as children to love all those who are different from ourselves in color or ethnicity or religion or whatever just as Jesus did? How can we claim to be Christians – the children of Jesus – if we do not follow the lead of Jesus in loving all the people of the world?

What else does the true meaning of Christ’s life teach if not the love “that God so loved the world (i.e., mankind) that he gave his only begotten son” for all of us. Anything less from each of us not just denies His sacrifice but denies what He came to earth to teach humanity. Jesus cared not about political parties or even about politics.

He care not about wealth or riches and like St. Francis of Assisi He cared not about the trappings of wealth or the self-glorification and ego-gratification that wealth offered.

What He did care about was teaching us to care about each other as He cared about all of us.

He cared about teaching us to love each other, regardless of our differences. For us to do less, by choosing to divide ourselves along some esoteric lines of racial, religious, ethnic, cultural, gender or other attitudes, only exhibits how less we are than in the teachings of Jesus.

Should we not strive to become more like the moral teachings exhibited in those simple childhood lyrics?

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Written by Valerie Curl

April 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Merry Christmas! Let a new world begin.

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Today is the celebration of Christ’s birth for the approximate 2.1 billion people on this small, blue planet who follow the Christian religion. (Christianity is the largest of all religions, exceeding number 2, Islam, by 600 million.)

On this day in the Western World, we open a horde of presents, eat vast quantities of food, drink too much celebration, and silently worry about what the next year will bring. I warrant that few of us, though, think about the many millions worldwide who have none of these things this holiday season: the many millions who have lost their jobs as a result of a deep recession caused by greed in the financial and real estate sectors; the many millions who have lost their homes because of the treachery practiced by unscrupulous mortgage bankers and brokers; the many millions who lost everything as a result of unexpected, and overly costly, medical care; the many millions worldwide who lost even their ability to buy food for their families.

Today is not just a day of glorious inebriation, it is a day to remember what this day is really all about. Not just the man for whom it is named, but the message he espoused.

The message that put him on the cross: love thy neighbor; give generously to the poor and sick; turn away from hate and jealousy; be just (honorable and ethical) in all you do throughout your life; think about others before yourself.

More than anything now, in these most difficult times, we need to build “community.” Community is an old fashioned idea of sharing and helping and creating friendship. It is coming together for the common good.

In a world wracked by anger and hatred and fear, it’s time to let go of prejudice. It’s time to open ourselves to our better selves and work for a world “community” as well as a local “community.” Government cannot do it all. Nor should we expect government to do it all. We all have a responsibility to our neighbors–to each other.

As this day is celebrated, my wish is that the next year will see a renewed mentality that creates “communities” to bring hope, wellness and happiness to the many millions who currently are suffering and worrying and praying for help. My wish is that those who have here-to-fore lived their lives only for themselves, to gratify their own egos, will experience an epiphany–an epiphany of the heart and soul.

So, Merry Christmas, World! May this day usher forth a new day in the human psyche, one that brings forth an actualization of the messages spoken by Jesus.

Written by Valerie Curl

December 26, 2008 at 1:46 AM

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