The life of Jesus was a life of love. He saw value and worth in every person he encountered.
Every single one.
He invites his followers to see people in a new light - through his eyes, with his compassion. He modeled this by bringing a disparate group of people together and taught them to live, work and walk involve with one another. Fishermen, zealots, tax collectors, Pharisees, women of ill repute…these people would have never associated with one another. But in Jesus they loved, they served, and they changed the world.
Centuries later in a contentious election cycle, we are invited to change our perception. We’re challenged to move beyond ourselves and reach out to those who are least like us with love and compassion to see all the candidates - Hillary, Donald, Gary, Jill and anyone else - as people God loves. He invites you to see the people voting for these candidates (who may not agree with you) as people God loves as well.
Will you accept that challenge?
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.