From The Center For Sacred Storytelling
Submitted by Andy & Ruth Fraenkel
The rabbi asked a question of his disciples, "When does night end and day begin.?" "When it becomes light enough to walk along the path without the use of a lantern," said one.
"When you can see someone approaching in the distance," said another.
"When the stars fade from the sky," said a third. The rabbi drew very close to them. "When you look into a stranger's face," he said, "and recognize them as your dear brother or sister, only then has the day begun."
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.