Welcome, Beloved

December 29, 2009

We love because God first loved us.

I’ve been sitting on this idea for quite some time, never finding anything worthy to write about that would unite people onto one place to share, discuss, and get fed from. Fashion’s been done, secrets have been done, food has been done, traveling has been done. But what is done every single day without any sort of discussion? What is looked over, surprisingly enough, as not “media-worthy?”

The one thing that unites us all is the one thing that is rarely noticed.

Look back to the Columbine shootings. It became class assignments to write letters to the students of that school, commending their bravery and offering words of encouragement, and we were glad to do it.

9/11 brings back images of makeshift memorials lining the streets of New York, candlelight vigils being held in states across the country, groups of strangers embracing one another, providing for their immediate need.

Virginia Tech reminded everyone of the Columbine tragedy, and once again we were all united in grief.

Nothing unites like sorrow, right?

Or is it something more?

Is what touches our hearts the pain people are going through, or how people have come together to endure that pain as one unit? Is it the number of lives lost, or the number of people coming together to console and support, both emotionally and financially, the families of these people?

The common denominator in all of us is not that we are all capable of evil, but rather that we are all capable of kindness; of unconditional, selfless love, with no agenda, seeking nothing. From picking up a fallen trashcan to picking up the grocery tab for a family in need, there is love being spread across the pavements of this world. Because this kindness is non-seeking, this blog isn’t meant to glorify the people who have chosen to love. It is meant to encourage those who are unsure how to do it, who’ve at one point received a kind word, action, though, prayer, and know the impact it’s had in their lives. If this is what you seek, then you’ve come to the right place. So, I ask of you: Beloved, Be Love.