Love alone is power

A large crowd gathered at the Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, New Hampshire recently for the annual Greater Nashua Crop Hunger Walk, sponsored by the Church World Service and organized locally by the Interfaith Council.  The support and purpose expressed there took on extra meaning in light of Saturday’s shootings in Pittsburgh. 

Participants had a feeling of power that nothing could stand in the way of good, of solidarity, and most of all, love.

There is a power we all own that is the greater than any weapon on earth – the power to love.

Martin Luther King and Gandhi proved this when, without firing a shot, they freed nations.

Christ Jesus based his entire ministry on the love of God and man and he rose from the dead.

Wars are fought, but it is the peace treaty that brings the fighting to an end.

The last line of one of my favorite hymns, by Margaret Morrison, reads: “Love, Love alone is power.”

There is a profound sadness that comes when a senseless shooting occurs, especially in a place that promotes the love of God and man as beautifully as the Jewish people do.

But there is also a rallying that occurs. A sort of a wake up call that rouses thought to face the need of the day: to take a stand against hatred.

Hatred has no power in the face of Divine Love, has no place in God’s kingdom.

God, Himself is Love, as the Bible tells us. What stronger defense can we have than that of God, who is the great I Am?

Pittsburgh is my hometown. Its hills are sprinkled with the diversity of people who come from all around the world to work and go to the universities there. Clusters of nationalities make up the landscape like a brightly colored quilt. Each patch is woven with its own glorious identity of culture and religion.

Pittsburgh is a sampling of the world — whose fabric is so vibrant, rich, colorful, lively, and valuable because of each person’s unique diversity.

Instead of separating us, this diversity unites us.

This is a wake-up call for all of us. We are not helpless. Love empowers.

One of my favorite authors, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in her book Science and Health, “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.”

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Love will guide us each on what we can do to take a stand against and defeat senseless hatred.

But let us not focus on “why” these things happen.

Mrs. Eddy speaks of hatred in Science and Health, as the “many inventions of evil” and asks, “Why stand aghast at nothingness?”

Instead, let us rally around the battle cry that “Love alone is power.”

Let us be proactive in our daily walk and conversations. Let us stand guard at any negative, isolationist type speech or ideas that come our way either from ourselves or others.

Never condemning the person, but rather the thought behind the word or action.

Let us seek to appreciate and celebrate each other’s diversity – what makes each one of us beautiful to God. The Bible tells us that God created each and everyone of us and He did so for His own glory.

I have often wondered at the vastness and infinite nature of God who could people His world with so many unique and beautiful individuals.

And yet, the Bible tells us that we are all brethren.

In Colossians 3:11 of the King James version of the Bible, we read, “…there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

As we enthrone love instead of frustration, discouragement, annoyance, or bewilderment, we will help usher in the eternal promise of the hymn quoted above:

“Love now is dawning over every nation; Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation, Love bids all discord cease. Conquering hate, enthroning peace, Love, Love, alone is power.”