So much talk of violence and gun control, and I think, what about the love?
Ive taken in a lot of world and US news in the recent months, weeks, and days. On wednesday I felt such a heaviness and sadness, almost a paralysis of it all.
Cooking last night I put on a blues album and found the answer in Eric Bibb’s beautiful interpretation of “Needed Time.” So I challenge myself. And I challenge you. Not out of any cause, but the cause of love. If you believe in Light more than Darkness. Love more than hate. Resolution more than conflict. Can you find it in your heart not to “be right” but to BE LOVE.
Now is the needed time.
now is the needed time for love. for compassion. for outreach. for service. for forgiveness. for understanding. for love, for love, for love.
the challenge is to today, this afternoon, this evening. Make a list of three people who are in need. I could be financially but most likely behind that is a spiritual or emotional need. Be the “needed time” for them.
not later. not tomorrow. now.
our world aches each day. and with senseless acts of violence, abuse, and greed. These conditions exist out of fear and can only be cured through the light of love.
one less day for sadness, for loneliness, for violence, for someone.
lets move as one body of compassion. one voice of love.
what ever your job, whatever your position, whatever your creed –
now is the needed time.
You in your unique role, with your unique perspective, talents, experience and wisdom, are in the PERFECT role to help someone. If you don’t know who to reach out to, just ask that they be sent your way. Pray or meditate, or just start making a list. This person will be revealed to you, if you are willing. IF YOU ARE WILLING, they will come in some form or another. And you might not even notice it at first. A new student in your class, a facebook message youve been meaning to get back to. Open yourself up to the possibility that you could make a difference for someone. A forgotten neighbor, a friend, a stranger, a cousin on the fringe of society, a service man or woman you see every day.
Sometimes I think we think a challenge like this is just too much to ask. We don’t have the time, or the money. But love is free, and easy to give. This doesn’t mean putting on more burden. Commiting to something you don’t want to do. NO. Its realizing you, in your natural state, in your job, in your community, have easily the power to help someone. It will be of VALUE, LOVE, KINDNESS, SUPPORT, and JOY naturally.
Lastly, if you dear friend are that person who really needs some love. If you are the one that is in need. I want you to do three things right now.
1. reach out in any way and ASK FOR HELP. I, and many of your friends are just a phone call away.
2. start to forgive yourself for how you are feeling.
3. find 5 ways to give yourself some love. it could be the silliest things, but something that really lights you up. Find a frisbee partner in the park, take a hot bath, eat something that is so healthy you can feel it deep in your cells, write a list of all the ways you are inspiring, take a walk just because you love your feet, take yourself out on the town, write yourself a love note and post it on your mirror!
Wooo Riiight now is the needed time, right now in the needed time I’m down on my bended knees, I’m on my knees, praaayin’ want you come back, come back here?
Yes I’m down on my bended knees, prayiiin want you come back, come back here Singing Right now is the needed time, right now
Wooo Right now is the neeeded time, now is the neeeeded time Even if you don’t stay long, oh my Jesus, If you don’t stay long, I’m prayiiin, Come back here
Ohhhhhh Jesus, If you don’t stay long, I’m prayiiin want you come back, come back here Singing Right now is the needed time, I know you feel the needed time right now
Oooooh Riiight now is the needed time, Right now is the neeeeeded time,
Ooooooh, Oooooh, Bless us!
LOVING YOU ALWAYS,