What kind of a world will we leave to our children?

Last week the News Review published the 2020 Baby Parade Special Section. As I viewed the several pages of baby photos, I had to ask myself, “What kind of a world are we going to offer this generation?” Happy, innocent faces without a care in the world; they only have the safety and security of being cradled in the arms of loving parents. These little ones were born in the year of the pandemic. A time unlike anything this country or even the world has experienced.

Every day there is the dark cloud looming over us of another threat of being attacked by the dreaded virus. Stay at home. Wear a mask. Safe distance. No family gatherings. No eating out. No baseball games. No weddings. No funerals. The list could go on. Most of us have had our lives touched by the loss of family members – of close family.

Last week I received an e-mail from a friend. I consider him a thoughtful wise person. “You referred to this being a human calamity. The great pestilence is certainly something to tell our grandchildren and our great grandchildren about. I wonder if they will believe us.”

The Babies on Parade were born during the year that changed the world overnight. A world we could never have imagined. Strange unrelenting times indeed. We still are not seeing a clear pathway forward. We are fighting a war on two fronts. One is a disease that is taking a toll on lives every day. Perhaps a less “in your face” war that is not getting the attention needed is the war often referred to as the war of “good vs. evil.” In listening to the nightly news what you see and what you hear is a war of hate. The division in our country is driven by hate. The two most powerful forces in the world are love and hate. A people driven by hate loses control of their emotions, becomes irrational and blinded to the destruction that is inevitable. On the other side, the force of love unifies, heals, and brings peace. It is not a matter of mind set, but a matter of the heart.

It is a time for serious soul searching on the part of all of us. And answering that question we will determine what kind of world we will leave to our children and our grandchildren. During the Civil War, a time that our country was certainly divided, President Lincoln quoted the master teacher by saying, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Matthew 12:29b

Pat Farris, Publisher

Story First Published: 2021-02-19