Love Conquers All things ~ 1Corinthians13
I Stand4love because it is the right thing to do, because if I do not stand for love, then I stand for hate. Which I do not, I will not. Be nice. Don’t bully. Four simple words, yet so many choose to live their lives the other way in ignorance and hateful misery. I grew up in a country where schools had to become desegregated by use of a law. I am sure in that tumultuous time, this was frightening to many parents, and perhaps it was a little to children as well, at first. Children do sense their parent’s feelings. But what the children learned was they were all children, just children. They learned together, they had sameness and differences in upbringing and enjoyments and in learning this, they never learned hate of a person’s skin tone and many realized they are all equal children under this sun. It was a chaotic moment in history, but now, so many years later, children and young adults do not recall a moment they weren’t integrated.
As I matured, I learned adults fear things we do not understand. Just as it was easier to be fearful to integrate small children together instead of having faith the outcome will be a positive one, we fear the gay/lesbian couple next door, thinking they will somehow dirty our homes with their “decadence”. When in actuality, love, is love, is love. The same sex couple treats each other with the same love and respect as the “straight” couple next door. In fear, or lack of understanding, in our rigid definition of “normalcy” we assume they do not. But who are we to be the judge of what is normal? How did we ever become such a rigid, unbending excuse for a loving society? The very society who’s learned men define love as an “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Not him for her , her for him, simply one person for another.
One of the greatest gifts our Gods have given to us is our endless capacity to love. We can love newborn babies, puppies, kittens, sports, food, friends, vacations, children, pets, the possibilities are endless. But also, in mutual respect and dignity we can love one person, commit ourselves to one person, and if you are very lucky it is for a life time. This dream of lasting love is something that sets us apart from so many animals, our ability to singularly commit our mind and body to the renewal and love of another human being, to give of ourselves, lay down our lives before another human being. Love isn’t blind, it sees all, it feels all and it guides us to choose the mate who will build us up, and help us as we journey through the chapters of our life. But unlike us, love has no prejudice, it simply chooses what is best for us and if we listen intently we choose to follow our hearts to happiness.
I stand4love because it’s the right thing to do. Be nice. Don’t hate. I support all those who love, no matter their sexual preference because we are all singularly children of the Gods. Love is a sweet nectar we should all have a taste of and I will not stand in defiance of love because the antithesis of love is hate and I will not live a life controlled by hatred.