To the Editor:
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my wife and I put out our Valentine’s cupid’s arrow light. We started doing this last year as a symbol of not only love between two people, but love between all people.
It is shooting love into the world because hate and division between many has spread more darkness then it needs to be.
And hate is not why we’re here. It’s not our purpose. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t only preach about hate and injustice and equality for all. He also preached that love is a great power.
Love can turn an enemy into a friend. Valentine’s Day is a symbol of love that is a great commandment of life. As the Lord had said, “Love one another as you love yourselves.”
Regardless, whether it’s politics or any other issues, the only policy that can be made is a policy of love for one another because for one it is light and it carries to one end of the earth to the other.
It serves, it heals. It strengthens families and nations. It even stops wars and divisions. So whoever we may dislike, whether it’s the president or other leaders, or even those in your communities, hate will not find a single answer, but love will.
If history teaches us anything, hate has done more damage to the human soul than anything else. It has caused personal pain and agony. It is why this Valentine’s Day, let us remember that love is very well present.
It is the fruit of our spirits. It gives us a purpose – not only to find our soul mate, but also our soul family – as a community, as a nation, as a city upon a hill.
Dr. King said hate cannot drive out hate – only love can do that. Darkness cannot drive out darkness – only light can do that.
So let light and love for our fellow man, our president, our neighbors, our communities and especially within our families be the greatest endeavor we can contribute.
For when we can make peace a reality, hope a never-ending feeling, we can find that love was the answer to them. For when we love one another, we follow the great commandment of life.
For God first loved us, therefore we can love, too. Happy Valentine’s Day. God bless you.
Bob DeLacy Jr.