Love Shows Up

It was one of the worst days of my life. My little boy had been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and I had just returned home from the hospital. I was exhausted, sitting on the couch, staring at the floor between my feet, too shocked to pray or even think.

The door bell rang.

It was Dave, an old friend who had heard the news. He didn’t just call (and texting or email hadn’t been invented yet!). He got in his car and showed up. He came and sat on the couch with me.

He didn’t share any platitudes. He didn’t try to minimize the gravity of what was going on. He simply showed up to be there with me. He prayed for me and promised he’d be there whatever the outcome. He gave me a hug, shed a tear, and when he left, I knew I wasn’t alone.

I’ll never forget his kindness.

Voting is a way of showing up …

Showing up for people who face injustice, people who are forgotten or mistreated, people whose cries for help haven’t been heard, people who are poor in money or opportunity. If you stand withlove, you will use your vote to seek a better life for them.

Showing up for the earth. Sadly, for too many generations we‘ve only voted short-term personal interest, which often meant economic interest, and nobody thought about the long-term cost to our one and only home planet. If we stand with love, we cast our vote for the well-being of this beautiful earth – for our own benefit, and for the benefit of our neighbors, our kids and grandkids, and a thousand generations yet unborn. The climate, the seas, the soil, threatened ecosystems, and endangered species don’t get a vote: they’re depending on us to show up for them, bearing love for them in our hearts.

Showing up for peace. Tragically, unscrupulous candidates often stir up voter sentiment among “us” by stirring up hostility toward some “other” or some “them.” Many people will reward these candidates with their vote and show up for anger, fear, hatred, and prejudice. If we stand with love,we show up for peace and we will leverage our votes towards peace to the greatest degree possible.

So, show up today, if you possibly can. Show up and stand with love.

Brian McLaren is a former English teacher and a former pastor. He is now a writer, speaker, and activist. His new book is The Great Spiritual Migration.