Posted: June 8, 2020 in: Faith

The Most Powerful People in the World

The most powerful people in the world at this gut-wrenching time in our history may not be the President of the United States or politicians on either side of the aisle. The most powerful people in the world may be the families of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin.  They don’t need politicians or police or protestors to move America toward hope.  They only need each other.

These families—torn up by the murder of Mr. Floyd and the spiraling into savagery of Mr. Chauvin—could help mend our nation by walking into the light and meeting one another, to prove that love for one’s fellow man is really the most powerful force in the universe. The table is set.  They could sit at it, and I believe God would join them there.  A miracle of healing might unfold at that very moment.  Because if the grieving family of a man who died on the pavement, alone, unable to breathe, could find it in their hearts to publicly forgive the family of the man who committed that atrocity, then who among us could not feel that forgiveness reflected in his or her heart?  Who among us could be filled with more rage, grief, fear, frustration and horror than the Floyd family?  Who among us could be filled with more confusion, worry, weariness, regret and despair than the family of Mr. Chauvin?

I dream about the Floyd family and Chauvin family embracing.  Because if they can, maybe we all can.

There is magnetic energy in this world that draws people together and is greater than anything that could drive us apart.  I believe to the core of my being that we are more alike than different in our needs and fears and much more alone than we need to be.

George Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.  The man who brutally choked and killed him died spiritually over the course of many days, probably many years, somehow cut off from real love for self, then from love for others.  To have no empathy for another soul is to be lost to one’s own.

No one could expect anyone from either family to be able to find it in their hearts to find one another.  Least of all, those who loved and love Mr. Floyd.  I don’t know if I could.  But I know the good that could come of it.

Dr. Keith Ablow


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