“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” JIMI HENDRIX
It starts with me, it starts with you, does it not? Christian writings tell us that a tiny mustard seed of faith, MATTHEW 13:31-32, can move mountains of self-doubt, fear, and uncertainty bringing the faithful to an absolute trust in a power greater than ourselves. We know that spark of faith which ignited early in sobriety pulled us deeper and deeper into a fellowship that became our lifeline to sanity and understanding. Some labeled it Higher Power, some called it Allah, some chose to name it Jesus, the Christ.
Just as a spark of faith tiny as a mustard seed can restore man to his heritage with the God of his understanding, a seed of love can lead to a national movement of equality and justice. The young people of Parkland initiated MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, Bishop Curry leads the JESUS MOVEMENT, William Barber organizes the POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN, Tarana Burke used the phrase ME TOO in 2006 leading to recognition of the rampant sexual harassment and assault in the world. That seed, that spark of love is the universal One we call upon as a power greater than ourselves. That tiny mustard seed matures into a powerful force which restores broken lives and fills hearts with peace and understanding.
Those of us in recovery endured our own personal hells in our addictions. Our hell was filled with delusions of abandonment and desolation. It was a devastating isolation from family and community. It’s intention was to lead us to insanity and death. Many times hell was successful in its conquest.
Today we know that we are never alone in our battles and our victories. We are now part of a much larger fellowship of brothers and sisters who suffer that same abandonment and isolation which afflicted us in our addictions. They are victims of abuse, assault, bigotry, and intolerance. Just as our demons in substance abuse controlled us, the lives of millions are controlled by earthly powers intent upon destroying the dignity and self-worth of the marginalized among us.
Those powers gain control by the use of derogatory names and labels which diminish and categorize according to race, gender, sexual identity, creed and socio-economic status. Humankind is a brotherhood/sisterhood of souls created in the image of a God whose name is love. Love is blind. Love cannot discriminate nor see distinctions.
We have choices today because we are sober. It is our choice to be a voice of love or a force complicit with fear. Which will it be?
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ELIE WIESEL