The death of Congressman John Lewis, bring a reflection of the intense turmoil he lived through during the Civil Rights era. The struggle for respect and equality still goes on sixty years later. As I look at the division that still remains, I realize it will not be resolved without God’s love changing our hearts allowing us to live together in peace.
Some views are shotguns blasting away
Others sling shots pelting against the gate.
Let’s have a conversation they say…
Come together // find common ground
Solve our differences together.
How does that happen with shotgun politics
and sling shot twitter, that couldn’t hit a brick wall.
When our view is the only right view,
Each conversation become one of persuasion or condemnation…
A ticket to ride our train non stop to our destination.
Legislated change without heart change, brings little hope.
History keeps repeating with every rotation.
Change comes with give and take // listening and hearing
Appreciating uniqueness // instead of condemning it.
Only a revolution of the heart will bring peace from division.
Perhaps, “love your neighbor as yourself”
are words that could make our world a better place…
Opening the door to finding common ground…
Bringing the “Hope and Change” we really need.
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Here is a favorite song from the Folk era by the Youngbloods called Let’s Get Together
Perhaps what is missing in this generation is the truth in Folk Music… Music that brought people together!