We are living in a time of great paradox- The more we fight, the less effective we become. Arguing a point successfully, making a pointed comment, or even launching an insult at someone you feel truly deserves it feels self gratifying at first, even empowering. Until, it doesn't. Until the raging leads to more turmoil both internally and externally and then, seemingly, falls flat. The collateral damage is lost friends, bad feelings between family members, depression, anxiety, hopelessness.
Unfortunately, once rage and chaos are freed, they take on a life of their own. Newton's first law of intertia states that an object in motion will stay in motion, traveling in a straight line, forever, until something pushes or pulls on it.
Like the hurtful, angry words we put out into the world, inertia is virtually unstoppable until another force is applied. That force is love, and it is the only force in this world that can change the course of hatred, chaos and hurt. Is that naive? Simplistic? Ineffective? Weak? The world says so.
Jesus told us that his new command was that we love one another as he loves us. With grace, with forgiveness, with mercy. Taking on other's hurts as our own. For as long as it takes. And the bigger the hurt, the longer the healing will take.
The Hebrew word Chasidut is a rabbinic term that means to walk intimately with God. Our devotion to God is demonstrated and authenticated by our love for others. Chasidut is the way we love and serve those around us..
Similar to a tiny seed planted in each of us, as we tend to love, it grows into a mighty oak that is impermeable to the storms that rage around us. We are living through chaotic times. But we were born for these times. Let's commit to walking with our brothers and sisters every day, intimately and with love , the only true force in nature that can fundamentally and powerfully change our world.