It was a beautiful spring day with the sun hugging Mother Earth with her love and light. I was taking on the weight of the world again and my heart was heavy because I was feeling the pain of so many all over the world. Since nature feeds my spirit, I decided to go to a local state park and sit in my usual spot overlooking a gorge with a magnificent waterfall pouring from the other side. Tears became sobs as I let the intense pain I was feeling release from my body and soul.
All of a sudden, I heard a noise behind me. As I turned, I wasn’t surprised to see Jesus walking toward me. Since I was crying so uncontrollably, I couldn’t speak so I nodded to acknowledge his presence. With a look of concern on his face, he sat down beside me, put his arm around my shoulder, and my tears continued to flow as I let him embrace me with so much unconditional love that I couldn’t help but feel comforted.
“My dearest, Karen, why so many tears?” he asked.
“Jesus, there is just so much going on in the world and I’m just taking on the weight of the world again. My heart is so heavy because people are being torn from their homes and families, and they’re being made into refugees in other countries. Jewish cemeteries are being vandalized, Mosques are being burned, people are being harmed just because they look different or have different beliefs, people’s lives and homes are being destroyed from wars, hate crimes have been climbing, some politicians and religious leaders are using fear to control people’s lives and to promote more hate and violence, and…. I just don’t think I can take much more!”
Calmly, Jesus replied, “Karen, the empathy you have for others is heart-warming. Feeling other’s pain is not a bad thing. It helps you to have more love and compassion for others which allows you to help them because you understand. Human beings can be pretty complicated. You need to remember that people treat others based upon the way they feel about themselves. Humans as a whole have forgotten who they really are. You were born innocent and pure and so full of love. Hate is taught. At the same time, more and more people are awakening and remembering that they are spiritual beings living a human existence. Your love and the love of others is changing the world even if only one person at a time. Never give up hope.”
As he dried my tears with his sleeve, our eyes met and I knew what he said was true. We humans are evolving and we’re beginning to realize that unconditional love really is the answer. We can’t give up.
Suddenly, I looked up to see a hawk flying overhead, and it was then that I felt Jesus had left. But his love for me and all of humanity remained.
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper March 10, 2017.