I'm sure by now, you've seen all the news stories about last week's police shooting in Dallas. The next day, I saw countless Facebook posts about loving one another, people including myself posted YouTube videos of songs such as "Get Together,” "Everything Is Beautiful,” and "What The World Needs Now Is Love."
There were several candlelight vigils and memorial services held throughout this past week and they all had one thing in common, people coming together in the name of love to show support for their fellow man.
Last Friday night at the Stephenville City Park, our community came together but for a more positive reason, Timber Ridge Church's Family Movie Night. As I entered the back of the area where the amphitheater is, I was greeted by a person who smiled and said "Welcome, we're glad to have you" and proceeded to point out the concession stand, which was also free.
After the movie started, I couldn't really get into it so I resorted to my next favorite pastime that I do in places like Wal-Mart or a mall somewhere....people-watching. I like to watch people because it's just so interesting to observe folks from all walks of life and see what makes them tick.
In the middle of my people-watching, I noticed kids running around laughing and playing without a care in the world, some of the adults were kicked back in their yard chairs, and some were even nestled in their sleeping bags relaxing but the most important thing I saw were people coming together regardless of denomination or race and just fellowshipping with one another, which brought smiles to faces after spending a day glued to the TV or computer in tears.
Observing all this reminded me of two things: 1. Love still exists and is worth waiting for. 2. This is what it's going to be like in Heaven. No cliques, no denominational barriers, no arguing, just people who love each other being together. When the credits rolled at the end of the movie, everyone got up and left but here's the best part....in Heaven, there won't be any credits rolling because it's gonna be forever.
I think this world would be a better place if we'd all just unplug for a bit, turn off the TV and/or computer, set our differences aside, and just join together in fellowship. You may say "I don't know this person or that person."
Well....get to know them because we're all in this together and we're all brothers and sisters from another mother.....but we got the same Daddy.
Tim Turnbeaugh is a musician who was born and reared in Eastland County, currently resides in Stephenville. Tim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.