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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

vulnerability, our secret sauce

“I love, therefore I am vulnerable.”
 Madeleine L'Engle,
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

The greatest enemy of love
Is not hate

It is instead our unwillingness to be vulnerable
Our desperate need to protect ourselves from all

Vulernability was Jesus’ secret strength
Call it emptying (kenosis)
Call it humbling
Call it openness

Jesus did not consider emotional, physical and spiritual comfort
A thing to be grasped
He did not hide behind money or power
(although he was tempted to)

Instead he placed himself in the middle of a messy world
And screwed up people
and loved

loved even though it hurt
loved even though his love wasn’t earned
loved even though it was dangerous
loved even though that love was rejected
loved even though it killed him

he became vulnerable
and allowed people to touch him
question him
resist him

he let them in
as wounded and messed up as they were
so he could touch them with Sacred Love

it was the only way

it is the only way

When we close down, we lose love
When we close our borders out of fear, we become unloving
When we protect ourselves from what is not comfortable, and easy
When we close our eyes to poverty and homelessness
We become unloving
When we protect our interests while ignoring the needs of others
We become unloving

Whenever we move “away” because is it
We are moving away from love

Bottom line
The only way to follow Jesus
Is to embrace vulnerability (as Jesus did)
And Love (as Jesus loved)

Vulnerability is our secret sauce

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