The Christian Gospels call us to compassion…to hospitality…to dialogue and including and welcoming. “Love one another as I have loved you.” “Peace be with you.” “Do not be afraid.”
March 22, 2015.
Today is World Water Day.
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
“When you do what Buddhas do, then you are a Buddha.
There are no shortcuts.
Same is true for being Christ-like.
It has nothing to do with what you wear around your neck
(or how many Buddha statues are in your home).
It has everything to do with how you treat others and live your life.
There are no shortcuts.” ~Timber Hawkeye
“The only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves.” ~Leon Uris
Sometimes reading the news, I get confused. Maybe its just me but some seem so quick to judge others’ behavior (especially sexual behavior) in the name of either Yahweh – the God of the Bible’s Old Testament or Jesus Christ – the God of the Bible’s New Testament.
My confusion? I thought Islamic extremists were the only people who justified their hateful, violent and barbaric judgments in the name of Allah, the God of the Koran.
Today, I pray to judge nothing that occurs.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” `John 13:34
Forgiveness has been a formidable challenge along my personal path toward inner peace and well-being. I think about forgiveness a lot. I search for forgiving feelings almost daily. I’m drawn to pay attention to challenges needing forgiveness looking for acts of compassion, mercy and pardon that may soften the trauma of injury and the scars of guilt.
Forgiveness is on my mind when I pray in search of ways to resolve, fix or release. Forgiveness is also in my soul when I feel afraid. Almost always, I am in need of forgiving myself. That seems the hardest part.
I read many books about forgiveness and sometimes wonder aloud about these fancy words: reconciliation, clemency, absolution, amnesty and exoneration.
I wrote papers in seminary about the necessity of forgiveness for spiritual healing; the Christian notion of redemption as forgiveness and the concept of amnesty as a “family value.” (Think: New Testament…
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