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We are Love – A Reflection

May 6, 2020
Canada Goose at Coffee on the Rocks

This has been an exhausting day for some reason. Meetings, conference calls, working on Sunday worship, and doing some pre-reading for my first class which begins on Monday. Uff Dah!

In the midst of it all, I was involved in some discussions about what is going on in our nation and world. The fear, hatred, and anger being splattered all over the media, social media, and in various locations around the country. It can get pretty doggone depressing if you feed on it for too long.

Steven Charleston is a Native American Elder, writer, and retired bishop in the Episcopal Church. He has been an inspiration and spiritual guide to me and to so many people. His voice of hope and faith in the midst of the Pandemic has been life giving to me. Below is his post from today on Facebook.

Compassion… common sense… to keep sharing every ounce of love that I have… these are words we need to hear today. These are words to guide and sustain us.

As I read today’s section from Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours, the following words spoke to my heart. We are what we love. If we love God, in whose image we were created, we discover ourselves in [God] and we cannot help being happy: we have already achieved something of the fullness of being for which we were destined in our creation. If we love everything else but God, we contradict the image born in our very essence, and we cannot help being unhappy, because we are living a caricature of what we are meant to be. (The Waters of Siloe, pp. 349-350)

Dear reader, especially at this time we need to be that Love of God shining in the world. To adjust St Francis of Assisi’s prayer… Lord, make us instruments of your love.

2 Comments
  1. hlcgkids permalink

    If we Americans spoke in less hateful tones, we would not be so divided.

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