“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of Mankind.” Kurt Chambers

On October 2, my wife Jenny and I welcomed Luke Thomas Knight into our lives, a new son for us to love and parent. Since Luke’s birth, these past 28 days, of course, I’ve loved each chance I get to hold him, so full of innocence, so much potential, so loved the moment he was born.  This is a miracle of the highest rank, that a new human being springs forth from another, that Jenny can give birth to our new son, a part of me and a part of her.  And similar miracles happens every second. Some estimate a half a million people are born every day. Each untouched; each child filled with innocence.  Imagine, a half a million children, new to the world each day.

And this is hardly a new thought; we all know this, but each of us started out just as innocent and pure.  Everyone we meet.  Every student. Every parent.  Every politician.  Every politician’s supporter.  What would it mean if we looked for that innocence and found it in each other, rather than noticing and acting on all that separates us?  In this week leading up to the election, as I talk with friends and family, I’m going to try to keep that in mind.  Before we were divided by ideas, we were all born with the same purity. And no matter how much we disagree, no matter our race or beliefs, or gender, or gifts–more than anything else, we are, as Maya Angelou has said, “more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”