below is a series of quotations that have arrived in my inbox over the course of the last month, thanks to a daily email service called inward/outward, provided by church of the saviour in washington, dc. i’m collecting these passages here because of the contentious relationship we have with our neighbour–literally our neighbour, the person with whom we share a wall of the house.
as followers of jesus, stephen and i believe that radical love is the path to walk….but that’s always so much nicer in theory. when one’s neighbour is not easy to love, when she is becoming more and more aggressive in her hostility towards us, because of our children, it gets very difficult. when you hear her call out into the back yard for you and your children to hear “you’re a fucking asshole isaiah”….well, that takes love to a whole other level of difficulty.
dealing with my neighbour is the last thing i have time and energy for right now, but the escalation that has occurred over the last months is not losing steam, so i know we have to do something. and these darn quotations about love keep coming into my inbox!
Trying to Love
I find that it is better to love badly and faultily than not to try to love at all. God does not have to have perfect instruments, and the Holy One can use our feeble and faltering attempts at love and transform them. My task is to keep on trying to love, to be faithful in my continuing attempt, not necessarily to be successful
Source: Companions on the Inner Way
Gestures of Love
A gesture of love is anything we do that helps others discover their humanity. Any act where we turn to one another. Open our hearts. Extend ourselves. Listen. Any time we’re patient. Curious. Quiet. Engaged.
Source: Turning to One Another
Death Into Life
We feel small and weak, but we are gathered together to signify the power of God who transforms death into life. That is our hope, that God is doing the impossible: changing death to life inside of each of us, and that perhaps, through our community, each one of us can be agents in the world of this transformation of brokenness into wholeness, and of death into life.
Source: Brokenness to Community
jean vanier also says everyone is beautiful. oh lord, help me to see her beauty.