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Living in a Beloved Community

Recently, a good friend of mine, who is Hispanic, gave a prayer following our conversation about homeless neighbors of all races in Georgetown.

He used the words, “God, give us eyes to see what you see and give us the heart to feel the pain and suffering of others …”

Earlier in the day, another friend who is African American, shared with me that several days earlier she noticed a white woman, who works at a local retail store, asleep in an automobile.  A few days later, my friend saw this same lady asleep in the vehicle.

This friend told me she felt compelled to approach the woman and inquire about her situation. This store employee was homeless. My friend was moved with compassion and went out of her way to find a room for the woman and is now working to find her a more permanent residence.

Who am I? I am a “beloved’ child of God. I am created in the image and likeness of God. When I am my ‘true self,’ I am unconditionally concerned for the wellbeing of others, their health, their safety and their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Why? Because they, too, are ‘beloved’ children of God. In fact, they are my brothers and sisters. Even, if they do not know their father or don’t acknowledge their father, they are still his ‘beloved sons and daughters.’ And so, I believe this about every human being. I believe that God loves each and every one of God’s children equally.

What’s in my heart?  The heart is at the very ‘core’ of our being. From the heart, flows our actions and our words. The heart of God is ‘love.’  Love (agape) is the essence, indeed the very being of God. Love– the self-giving, unconditional concern for the well-being of others– is the core of who God is. God, fill my heart with your love.

How, then, do I live in this ‘beloved community?’ Love for others is my highest aspiration, for in loving others, I show my love for God. I aspire to see each brother and sister with the eyes of God and feel for each one with the heart of God.  We are all God’s children and all means ALL.

Ron Swain,
Convener of Courageous Conversations