HEALING THE WORLD THROUGH OUR CHILDREN – by Reverends Nilcelia and Roger Davidson

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is 2016 — and there has been no progress in the
world toward understanding that we are all one spiritual family and
equal in God’s eyes. The world has not yet learned that we should treat
each other as the brothers and sisters we have always been, working
toward creating a unified world. The “Golden Rule” has often been
preached, but almost never applied. How can we change this? How do
we teach peace in the world and make it last?
The answer involves many factors, but we believe the most
important one is our children. If every parent taught children respect for
each other, kindness and humility — and taught that whatever faith they
are brought up in does not make them better or worse than anyone else
— then we would have a much more peaceful world. Above all, parents
must teach love, and be examples of love — following God’s example of
unconditional love. This begins from the first steps in life, even in the
crib. Every child must know that we are here to give the best of
ourselves, and that every single human being has something good to
give. Parents have an obligation to participate in their children’s spiritual
education, so that they can grow up with integrity, humility and peace —
and so they can learn that it is not our possessions that give us value; it is
rather the quality of our souls, of the spirit in which we live and conduct
ourselves among other human beings.
One of the greatest lessons a child should learn is to take care of
one’s inner self, not only to honor one’s own value, but to grow up with
a sense of integrity and responsibility. This means that every child has to
learn the value of life — not only human life, but the value of animals
and plants as well, for they are part of our common environment.
Everyone can give of themselves, but those who have more are given a
responsibility to help those who have little or nothing. Children can
learn this in small ways from the beginning — for example by sharing
toys or games, or even giving of their time to other children with love
and patience.
When possible, travel to other parts of the world is beneficial for
children to learn how much we all have in common regardless of our
backgrounds or culture. When a child from one country, for example,
encounters a child from another, even though there may be a language
barrier, children can always figure out ways to play with each other.
After all, no child is born with prejudice, racism or feelings of
superiority or inferiority; it is the adults who put such thoughts into the
minds of children. Children of different races or economic backgrounds
must be taught by their parents that no one is better or worse than
anyone else, and that we are all members of one spiritual family —
because we are all eternal children of God.
Children should learn to ask others what they can do to help in any
situation. Helping creates a connection and a bond between one person
and another. Helping also comes out of a fundamental kindness, which
must be taught from the beginning of life. This begins at home,
expanding into the neighborhood and beyond into the world as a whole.
But without spiritual education, so that every child may develop a strong
conscience, learning kindness can be difficult. And the basis for this is
understanding God’s constant and eternal love for us all:
In God’s eyes, all human beings are of equal value, regardless of the
poor guidance one may receive and the mistakes one may commit during
life on Earth. This fundamental equality exists regardless of which
lifetime one may be in on Earth, or whether one is even currently
incarnated on Earth. Behind this is always the unconditional nature of
God’s love — the love which can inspire each of us to realize that the
life of every human being has meaning, and therefore must be protected.
Furthermore, God’s light is in each of us, as our spirits were created by
God — and therefore we can learn, starting as children, to look into each
others’ eyes and see that the light in our innermost beings is always
shining and is the light that connects us for all eternity. This connection
is love — and has one fundamental purpose: love itself, and the
expansion of such love throughout the world. Our point is that all that
really matters is love, and the learning and growth that comes from
experiencing love. If a child can experience love at home every day, it
will become virtually impossible for the darkness of hate or prejudice to
emerge later in life. Peace will result — the lasting peace that comes
from generations and generations of children having been raised in an
atmosphere of unconditional love, equality of spirit, and kindness toward
others as a way of life.
With God’s help, let us create a peaceful future, which can only come
about when we have all learned that we are brothers and sisters in one
spiritual family.

Reverend Nilcelia Davidson
Reverend Roger Davidson
January 2016