As I write, my dog, Lucky, a Lhasa Apso, sits quietly at my feet. He has few, if any, cares in this world. We walk together each morning and many evenings in our private neighborhood park. When in that private park, and under City Code, Lucky is free to roam about off the leash and, as is the nature of his breed, to make friends and acquaintances with practically every other dog and person we meet. Lucky even tries to befriend a cat. We are making slow progress. But the cat is not yet ready to trust us like does the cat we have at home. Many know Lucky by his name and most also know that they have only two things to fear about Lucky: if they are water soluble, he just might lick them to death, and should they scratch him behind his ears, he just might follow them home! In my neighborhood, Lucky truly is lucky. But are we as lucky as is he?
Some of us fear Islam. Not having known any Muslims before 9-11, far too many of us have come to fear this unknown. Some of us fear illegal aliens, even though most of the fresh fruits and vegetables we eat were handpicked by them. Some of us fear "big government" thinking that our present troubles are all the fault of whose liberals whose livelihoods depend upon this largess. Some of us fear conservatives, remembering it was a conservative Southern crowd who resisted steps needing to be taken toward integration. It was that integration that proved us wrong. Once we got to know each other, we had nothing to fear but, of course, fear itself.
We all are pretty much alike, be we black or white, Christian or Jew, Muslim or Buddhist, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, Lhasa Apso or German Shepherd or even a mutt. We need each other. We just don't know it yet. Did you know that Lucky's breed hails from Tibet, China?
Wasn't it Will Rogers who said "I never met a man I did not like!" We should all study the wisdom of that great Oklahoma sage! Some day Lucky and that cat will become the best of friends, I just know it! We Christians call that day the Millennium. It will come when we allow it to come. This Thanksgiving perhaps we all should follow such sage advice.