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Social media has become a powder keg of sorts over the last few months. We have been given immediate and easy access to others’ lives, to their opinions, to news stories; truth, or otherwise. We see hate and fear mongering, conspiracy theories, judgment, and all manner of foolishness touted as absolute truth. It has given us the platform to push back immediately against those we don’t agree with, with no thought to the consequences of our actions. It’s easy to be careless with our words, and with others’ feelings when we can hide behind the relative anonymity and safety of our screens isn’t it? I’ve seen it happen all too often, and have seen friendships and families divided seemingly beyond repair.

The last year or so has been difficult for so many of us. The political climate in this country has turned Republican against Democrat, black against white, Christian against Muslim, LGBTQ against heterosexual, brother against brother, friend against friend. And while these differences have always existed, they have been magnified ten fold of late.

Love your neighbor has all too easily fallen by the wayside. 

I’ve said all this to say that I love words and the platform that social media has given me to use them. I believe words are important. They can be used as weapons or as a balm for the weary and brokenhearted. I want my words to reflect the latter.

I have lots of thoughts swirling around in this imperfect head and heart of mine in light of things that have transpired over the last couple of days. Those words and thoughts will find space on these pages soon enough. For now, I want to step back, to take measure of my words, and to be sure they are used for good. They may convey convictions and opinions that don’t line up with those of others; our diversity making us uniquely who we are. I never want them to demean or be construed as an attack by anyone.

The world has become an ugly place. I see hope in the sunrise and find peace in the sun setting. Wildflowers show me the love of a Savior. I want to leave you with reminders that there is still beauty in this imperfect world. God’s handwriting is all around us, his love transcending our differences. 

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful;
for beauty is God’s handwriting.”
Emerson

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