Tag Archives: love of God

Healthy Community is where we learn to be Community

The old joke says ‘Church would be awesome if it weren’t for the people’ and amidst a hearty chuckle, we sense a twinge of truth. Community is made of up human beings just like you and me - doing the best we can with what we have.  They are places where imperfect people, those of…
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Who Mourns the Sparrow?

Who will mourn the Sparrow? After all, what's a sparrows life worth? How could we measure? Two for a penny? Four on sale? With no fanfare, no prayers, no eulogy No acknowledgement they ever lived Two for a penny? Four on sale? Surely it doesn't escape its creators gaze Assuredly ascending in Her tender care…
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Divine Love is… Free

  Freedom is the very nature of divine love, for it is when love is freely given and freely received that it is, in fact, healthy love.  As soon as we attach expectations and seek to meet those exceptions by use of coercion or manipulation love ceases to be truly life-giving. Consider these simple parables;…
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Love is… Generous

What is Love? Consider the tree.  The tree provides shade, respite from the blazing heat of the sun to everyone one with no expectation of return.  To this end, love is genuinely maturing when it loves with no strings attached and no expectation of  personal benefit.  When we love others, do we have an expectation…
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Love is…Humble

Brennan Manning once said that true humility is not a poor opinion of yourself, rather, no opinion of yourself.  So it is with authentic love.   Love simply loves unaware that it is actually loving - it just does.  Love is unselfconscious.   Consider a lamp.  An illumined lamp gives light not because it is…
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Failure isn’t Fatal

There is a classic line in one of my favorite Batman movies (yes… I like superhero movies). It comes from the Dark Knight, and it is a question that is asked several times throughout the movie and often in the aftermath of failure or in the face of fear of a great challenge. The question…
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$3 Worth of God Please

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant.…
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