Thoughts, words and deeds
Saturday, January 5, 2019
While walking my dog, I saw a trash can with a sign on it. I couldn’t read the words but found the possibilities of its script very, very intriguing.
These neighbors are not native peoples. That isn’t surprising as few of us are. In fact, there is a chance that they hail from the part of the world our president most often reviles. Should I think of them as dangerous harbingers of ill will, stay clear of them or be up in arms? How easily one’s mind is fraught with nefarious thoughts and frightening possibilities.
So, what did that ominous sign say? Surely your curiosity is piqued as was mine.
With a tug and a pull on my dog’s leash and my need to know, I crossed the street. There it was in bold script, written to the g-men: “Please ring the doorbell, we have a Christmas present for you.”
The innocence of a baby lying in a manger speaks to the innocence our fellow sojourners would like accorded to them. We all want that same presumption of innocence. This is not a frivolous thought, but a foothold of our democracy. We would do well to heed it.
In this New Year, let’s take an astronaut’s view of our planet. From this perspective who are the foreign born? Who are the we and who are the them? And what does the world need now, but love?
Maybe we are all variations of one in the same, charged with the safe keeping of our beautiful yet fragile planet. If we come to terms with that love responsibility and a willingness to add to the common good, we too can say, “Please ring the bell, I have a Christ-like present for you.”
Alison Lord Stuart