The power of love

We’ve been watching the Harry Potter films recently. We saw them when they first came out and I’ve read the books…but it’s been a while, and we were just in the mood.

I have to admit that it’s been interesting watching them as the United States has been leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. There have been a lot of parallels between the two universes…

But one thing keeps coming through…and that is the power of love.–

Yes, there are dark times in the movies–and many of us fear that the United States is facing a dark time. Harry and his friends found themselves caught up in a conflict between those wanted power for themselves and those who wanted to help others be what they had the potential of becoming. Some of us wonder if we are dealing with a similar conflict.

We have struggled with language–and yes, there is a quote from Professor DumbledoreĀ that speaks to me about that:

Words are in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.

We have seen injury inflicted on individuals…can we find words now that will remedy it? Again, another quote from Professor Dumbledore:

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.

So who are we? really?

Are we facing a situation like Harry and his friends when Professor Dumbledore challenged them with this quote?

Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is easy and what is right.

I don’t know.

But the power of love…that’s what will get us through. We see that in Harry Potter…and for those of us who are followers of the One called Jesus, we see that in him.

And so…as we move into a new era, I am reminded again of the power–and the importance–of love…and another quote from a wise man of our own time–Martin Luther King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

May we live in the light and power of love.

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