Copyright, Mary Cates
In this Tony Award-winning British musical the song “Where is Love” swept the world with these lyrics: “Where is love? Does it fall from skies above? Is it underneath the willow tree that I’ve been dreaming of?”
The theme is not a search for romantic love, but rather the sweet someone of love is a form of literature, and it seems to cry of weariness and for something deep in the heart that Oliver is missing.
I will admit I am weary – both of the Chinese Virus named COVID-19 and the meanness spewing in the streets of major cities throughout the world. I do see a great lack of love. Let’s be honest: there is no love in the red paint splashed on esteemed historical statues. No love spewing from the bloody head of a person who is hit with a brick. No love in the salty tears of a store owner who sees his building looted and burning to the ground.
Where is love? The answers are often left in limbo, but truth can be found in wise men of old who wrote profound words. Words like this: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Is this mush? I think not. It’s the means for peace.
The world is changing rapidly. Our lives have been altered to what we dub the “new norm”. So the question is this, are we strong enough to survive in a world plagued with a killing virus and streets filled with anger and hate? I think we are if love will find its way.
Oliver longed for a “sweet hello”. Is this not what we long for behind the face mask we wear in the store? Is it not the sweet hello of friends that we wish for — the stranger’s smile, the embrace of a loved one? We long to be free of Corona and the violent demonstrations throughout the world.
Where is love?
It’s in you and I, if we will allow it to be shed abroad in our hearts.