“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”— 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
The love of sisterhood
Last month, as I sat at Najat George’s house listening to a group of women in their twilight years talk about more than 60 years of friendship, I found myself a bit envious. They are known as the Socialites who have spent decades laughing, crying, celebrating and mourning life. Every woman needs gal pals like this, I thought as I took notes and munched on fresh fruit and Najat’s famous takhratha (meat pies).
They walked me through their lives both individually and collectively. I share this month the story of these Socialites who convey messages of loyalty, trust and camaraderie. They are still together after all these years because they truly love each other as friends and sisters.
The love of brotherhood
Just as there is a sisterhood in our community, there is a growing brotherhood among the men. This bond is being birthed out of the Catholic faith. Our cover story is a spread, much longer than we typically write, because it is conveying the stories of three different men’s ministries within the Chaldean community. However, there are other men and other groups who participate in retreats, prayer groups and evangelization.
Men of Faith includes voices of many who talk about their own personal journeys and their efforts to bring others to Christ. Their love of faith is what unites them.
Love in the community
We also feature three stories tied to the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. These awardees are all so deserving of recognition. I am honored to know them all personally. I am really excited to have them elevated and acknowledged. Zaid Elia is not only a savvy business man but he is engaging and insightful. Many people can learn much from this man who has a series of restaurants and other businesses. Zaid Elia as the Business Person of the Year just makes sense.
Steve Kaplan is an elected leader who is one of the few true public servants in the country. We somehow became a country of elected people with personal agendas. However, Steve Kaplan is serving in his position just as our founding fathers intended – with the focus on the constituents. The West Bloomfield Township Supervisor knows his community well and the people living in it. He should serve as an example for others to follow. He deserves this special tribute.
John and Ann Mansour have done something so profound yet unintentional in the midst of a tragedy – they brought a community together in faith. Through what can only be deep pain that renders you breathless, this couple emerged from darkness to shed light on others. There are no two people more deserving today of the Humanitarian of the Year Award. They took a horrific accident and turned their pain into love for others.
It’s all about love anyway
At the end of the day, isn’t that what life is really all about? Okay, I haven’t figured out the answer to the trillion-dollar question: What are we doing here? But I do know that God put us here and God is love. He shares it with us so we can share it with others.
So, where’s the love?
In your heart!