Remembering To Love In The Face of Hate

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Usually, I like to keep things happy and light, however, even squirrels have dark days and today I’m feeling rather dark. It all started with a phone call from my husband telling me he was going to have to work on Saturday. His team is being called in to provide security during the memorial of Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, an American soldier who recently lost his life in Afghanistan. Even in a large area like SiliconValley, there is a connectivity between people and I know at least three friends who are greatly effected by Capt. Manoukian’s passing.  Apparently the Westboro Baptist Church is maneuvering to protest at his memorial. I’m not going to say much more about them because what they want is publicity (and money) but in short, they are a hate group who hides behind God. Pray they will not succeed in provoking anger, violence and hate at the memorial, which is their goal. To counter their hate, read more on the love people shared for Capt. Manoukian here.

If there is anything I have learned in my spiritual journey it is that love is all-powerful. Love is God, love is Jesus, love is the Holy Spirit, love is our true self.  Love defeats hate- always.

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

via Bible Verses About Love: 25 Awesome Scripture Quotes.

May God bless the Manoukian family and all our American soldiers fallen and still fighting. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Remembering To Love In The Face of Hate

  1. My mom and dad were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery a little less than a year ago – my dad being a WWII veteran and Naval Officer for 30 years. So I am with you 100% in your love for the sacrifice of our military men and women who bought our freedom with their blood. All of our hearts should feel for the loss of these fallen warriors and their families. As for the Westboro Baptist Church: well, lets just say that they will have a lot to answer for before the Judge of all judges.

  2. Personally I did not know Matthew or the Manoukian family, but I was deeply saddened in the news of his death. Every day I pray that just one more grain of love hangs on to the shores than is washed away in the waves of hate. Meanwhile knowing that love is love and will continue on as love, even if it gets seperated from the whole and is the only shining beacon in the blackness of hate.

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