Category Archives: Relationships
“There is no remedy for love, but to love more.” #Henry_David_Thoreau
There is a false form of ‘honesty’ which suggests nothing should remain hidden and that everything should be said, expressed, and communicated.
This ‘honesty’ can be very harmful, and if it does not harm, it at least makes the relationship flat, superficial, empty, and often very boring.
Just as words lose their power when they are not born out of silence, so openness loses its meaning when there is no ability to be closed.
“Christianity is about being hospitable not hostile.”
“I’m just sharing this because there is constant hate, mistrust, and division in the world we live in today…”
“We still have so far to go, but I promise you small acts of kindness like this are what’s going to rebuild trust and faith in our communities.”
When we enter into the household of God, we come to realize that the fragmentation of humanity and its agony grow from the false supposition that all human beings have to fight for their right to be appreciated and loved.
In the house of God’s love we come to see with new eyes and hear with new ears, that all people, whatever their race, religion, sex, wealth, intelligence, or background, belong to that same house. God’s house has no dividing walls or closed doors. “I am the door,” Jesus says.
It seems crucial that you realize deeply that your worth and value does not depend on anyone else. You are a person worth being loved and called to give love. Keep saying to yourself: “I am being loved by an unconditional, unlimited love and that love allows me to be a free.
The more you can come to realize this, the more you will be able to forgive those who have hurt you and love them in their brokenness.
Without a deep feeling of self-respect, you cannot forgive and will always feel anger, resentment, and revenge. Loving one another means forgiving one another over and over again.
In my own community, it is much easier for handicapped people to accept the inability to speak, walk, or feed oneself than it is to accept the inability to be of special value to another person.
We human beings can suffer immense deprivations with great steadfastness, but when we sense that we no longer have anything to offer to anyone, we quickly lose our grip on life.
Instinctively we know that the joy of life comes from the ways in which we live together and that the pain of life comes from the many ways we fail to do that well.