Today is WORLD HELLO DAY, a day to take time to say hello to everyone you meet! Can you say hello without saying a word?
Now you know how I passed French in High School. LOL! That song is a good way to learn the numbers one to ten as well as a greeting. I keep thinking one of these days I’ll find myself in France – at the Eiffel Tower – and need to know the language, at least minimally. Hey – don’t deny me the dream! I so want to see Europe one day!
How many languages can you say HELLO in? Well, of course! Just as we can read our pets by their body language, we can read people. Sometimes all a person needs is a smile to say hello. How important is a HELLO from you? It could make all the difference to someone you encounter, even if you don’t think it will.
My husband and I discussed the other day a movie called “The Jazz Singer”. I did a little research and learned that it’s been remade twice. The original came out in 1927 and starred Al Jolson. It was one of the first American musicals put on film. The first remake came out in 1953 and starred Danny Thomas. Because the film did not do well, Thomas vowed to never act in another movie and stayed focused on television shows. The second and last remake came out in 1980 and starred Neil Diamond.
Yes, there’s a point here – (thank you for your patience). In the 1980 movie, Neil Diamond wowed us with his musical talent. I enjoyed the music so much that I went out and bought the album almost immediately after I left the movie theatre! Three of the songs from the album became Top 10 pop singles, with “Love on the Rocks,” “Hello Again” and “America” reaching #2, #6, and #8 respectively.
Of the three, my favorite song is “Hello Again”. I think listening to that today may give us the nudge we need to go out and say hello to everyone we meet! 🙂
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9
Each time “selah” appears in a psalm, the musicians paused, either to take a breath, or to sing a cappella or let the instruments play alone? Perhaps they were pausing to praise Him about whom the song was speaking, perhaps even lifting their hands in worship.
Last night as I watched the President’s address about immigration, I had a “selah” moment. It’s as if the Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me that I am to welcome all. Now, I have not changed my mind about how things went down- and I likely never will. It’s wrong for a President to try to make a law – and I’m so tired of the lying and proverbial pulling of the wool over “stupid” American’s eyes. About those evil things – I pray. About how angry those things get me – I pray.
But, God reminded me that I am to be Christ-like to people – all people. That’s my job. That is what I can control.
I was also reminded of a basic verse from Galatians:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith… against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22
God does not see borders and He wants me to be His ambassador, His representative. God does not like ugly – no matter what the circumstance. God sees all people, and they are precious souls created by Him. 🙂