Today at breakfast, Scarlett asked if she could make something for her summer journal. She drew a picture of her teacher and herself at church. Guy joined in and announced that he was drawing a picture of Jesus. I was interested to see how he "sees" Jesus.
I had a special experience yesterday with the spirit. I recently rediscovered a friend on Facebook. This person was a very good friend and coworker of mine about 7 years ago. In fact, he was one of my all-time favorite people. I liked him because he was kind, sincere, and considerate of others, and just a really nice guy, not to mention very good at his job. When I knew him, he was a man, but after a series of painful surgeries, he is now living as a woman.
When I realized what change my friend had undergone, I felt nothing but love for him. I would expect to feel nothing else actually, but it struck me that I felt NOTHING BUT LOVE for him. I didn't feel sadness or pity or confusion. I didn't feel repulsed. Instead I only felt kindness and love for him. And that love felt magnified, as it stood independent of any other feeling one might expect to feel in this situation.
The next day, I was cleaning my bathroom thinking about him...and I felt the spirit prompt me to email my friend and express my love for him. I kept cleaning and the feeling came again, so I put down my work and expressed my feelings of friendship and acceptance to him, and my hope that he was feeling well, in an email.
He thanked me for my words, but the moral of this story for me is not the exchange that resulted, but instead it was the power of the spirit to fill us with PURE LOVE for our fellow men, if we are open to it, if we are praying for it...and at the time when it will make the most profound difference in our lives.
I don't know what my words meant to him, but I know that the Spirit lead me to feel and act the way that I did. I also know that we all need to feel loved for the person we are inside. I try my best to extend that love to others, and it is my wish that the people who know me will love me regardless of things I do or beliefs I hold that might conflict with what they know to be true.
I feel that this experience helped me to see Jesus better than I did before, and I am thankful for it. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." I believe that this pure love also helps us to "see God" or the divine in everyone we meet...and treat them accordingly.