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Friday, July 22, 2016

"Love is the crowning grace of humanity"

Choosing Grace

Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”
Petrarch

There's a lot of free-floating anger right now. A lot of name-calling, and blaming and hate-filled rhetoric. It's heart breaking to see, soul crushing to hear. Yet, last night I was part of a gathering that included Christians and Jews, Muslim and Baha'i, black and white and brown, gay and straight, young and old. One hundred and twenty-some souls gathered in the basement of a Baptist church in a part of town that was once predominantly white, and now is predominantly black. People sat together, ate together, and learned about an organization called Faith in Action, that works through faith communities to address social injustice in a peaceful way. There was no hate in the room. There was no name-calling or blaming. There was grace.

We have a choice as to whether we live in hate, or we live in love. We can extend our hand to one who is different in color, religion, nationality, or sexuality in love or in fear and hatred. We can work toward peace in our communities, or we can work toward anarchy. We can insist that our way is the only right way, or we can learn to listen and understand. We can be part of God's grace, right here, right now, or we can be angry and belligerent. I choose love. I choose grace. You can, too.

                                                           In the Spirit,

                                                               Jane

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