A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
Fun Fact: Did you know that Jesus and his disciples sang at the Last Supper? Sang! With death and doom closing in, they sang.
“This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Jesus parting sentiments? To love one another, as he had loved them. Unconditionally. Without judgment. In community. And with forgiveness. Then he washed their stinky, dusty, gnarly feet.
Show don’t tell.
Love is doing the dirty work for another…and wanting to.
Love is singing in the rain.
Love is one love, and one heart, and getting together and feeling alright.
And, you can’t hurry love, you just have to wait.
Love changes everything.
Love will never die.
Love is here to stay.
And most importantly, Love will keep us together.
As the slaves of the south, and the prisoners of concentration camps did, Jesus showed;
‘Even as you walk in the valley of the shadow of death- Sing!’
Make Time for Meditate On:
“I hope you recognize love as the most powerful force for personal change and for changing the world around us. Yes we live in scary times. Yes, people are hurting. Yes, people are hurting one another. But anger is not the key; revenge is not the answer. The way of love- the love and power of God- is the key to our hope and our future.
The message of God is very simple. Love one another. Take care of one another. Take care of creation. And while you’re at it, love me- love God. Do that and you will find your way.”
~ Bishop Michael Curry, The Power of Love
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