Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Slice That Took Over.
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So, I started to write about summer reading with my boys this morning. But then the second paragraph came out. So I want to see where this goes, since I'll be writing freely. I don't know if it's right. I don't know if it will make sense. But I think we can wait a week to discuss summer reading, yes?
There is a lot on my mind this morning. Like many of you, I'm sitting here with my coffee, staring out the window. Thinking. Thinking about the people of Orlando. Thinking about some people that I love. It's not time for more ideological words yet in my house. It is time for lots of hugging and reaching out. It's just on my heart.
I'm just a girl who is rooted in some traditional Midwestern Church Going. You know, church basements. Cookbooks. Donuts in between church services. Potlucks. (Time with Jesus=Food? Apparently.) I'm not trained theologically. I'm sure I misinterpret things. But I write and say things anyway. And I'm thankful for gracious people who listen and discuss with me.
Here's all I know this morning; Jesus has only placed people in and out of my path that he is crazy about. I know that when I lock eyes with someone, they matter to God. Period.
I know I'm only called to lead with love. (Check out the book of Mark, Chapter 12 to see why I think that.) That's all. "Love Your Neighbor."
But here's the thing. People keep saying that. And then people keep shooting each other. I believe that the change is going to start in our neighborhoods and communities. (If I may, also with leaders. Does the 2nd Amendment Really mean I should be able to easily purchase an AK-47? Maybe it does. I'm having trouble believing that as I type these words.)
Which leads me to ask:
What else can I do to show more love? Open up my house more? Start cooking food for people? Donate blood? Email more senators?
Is it about doing more? Is it about being more present with each other? I don't have Any Answers this morning.
Except for Love.
Joy! (Even when it's hard.)