Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Great Work of Love - Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
                                                                                                      Henri J.M. Nouwen

it is so difficult,
it seems,
to love

not love as the feeling
you feel when you get a feeling
you never felt before

not love as when hormones rage
nor as the easy affection that comes
with commonality

but love as
willed regard

love as listening
and yes

forgiving -  the hurt
the pain
the discomfort

forgiving others for what they have done
forgiving them for what they cannot help
(Like race and culture – I know – they don’t need forgiving for that
  but somehow we think they do)

forgiving ourselves
for those moments when we have behaved badly
and loved poorly

each moment of Sacred Life
is about forgiveness

that hard work
of seeing the Sacred in each other
of knowing
that for all the differences
for all the failure

that the one there,
right there in front of us,

is a child of God
a brother, a sister
a precious soul

we are the fellowship of the weak
we need each other

and forgiveness is the work of love

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