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Loving God and Others – A Reflection

February 12, 2020

So, it has been a day of work

It has been a day of reflection

It has been a day of discernment

Some deep conversations

I am so thankful for colleagues and friends in our connectional family

It has also been a day of prayer for our deeply divided nation and world

The words of Thomas Merton ring true to my heart

So instead of loving what you think is peace, love {others} and love God above all else. And instead of hating the people you think are warmongers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed — but hate these things in yourself, not in another. (Thomas Merton: Passion for Peace, p. 38)

Lord help us to be, in the words of St Francis of Assisi, instruments of your peace…

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