Several years ago, my son, Greg, and I trekked the trails along the Himalayan Mountain range.
While the scenery was magnificent, and the experience life-changing, my most profound impression was the people of Nepal.
There was a genuine happiness and an evident peace about them. As we grew to know them better it was clear that this peace came from their love and acceptance of each other.
The Nepalese call each other brother and sister, and greet each other with “Namaste” which means, “I greet the divine within you.”
Rather than focus on the outward difference between them, they focus upon the inner divine nature that makes them truly brothers and sisters.
This perspective has inspired me ever since. Recognizing the goodness in every human heart reminds us of our common bond as all God’s children.
We are all now affected by the crisis of a world-wide pandemic, natural disasters, civil strife and unparalleled contention that has seized our attention.
Yet, it has been said that unusual times provide unusual opportunities which may bring great rewards. We have received an awakening and invitation to change our world to a better place.
To move forward, let us look for the best within all and strive to lift and serve our brothers and sisters everywhere, in every way we can.
Let us commit to do what we can do to preserve the dignity and respect every son and daughter of God deserves.
Garth Brooks got it right when he sang, “The remedy starts right here with you and me. People loving people, that’s the enemy of everything that’s evil.”
The Savior Jesus Christ gave us the answer when he commanded that we love one another. “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light.” (1 John 2:10).
How can we see those who are different from us in political, cultural, racial or lifestyle in this new light?
We simply look beyond that which we view as different, maybe even a little scary, and shine the light of our attention to the divine within them that make us brothers and sisters.
As the Ecclesiastes teacher stated, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) This is the time. And the purpose? To realize that treating others with respect and as sons and daughters of God matters.
The simple verse from an old song can be our reminder, “Come on people now, smile on your brother; everybody get together, try to love one another right now.”
Leland B. Kerr serves in the Tri-Cities as Assistant Director of Communications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 4253 W. 24th Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99338. Or email email@example.com.