Posted by: revladyem | April 15, 2009

A Loving Community

Jesus speaks to our connection in community, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”(John 13:34,35 NRSV). Richard Meyers calls it, “one anothering.” Isn’t that a lovely way to address all of Creation? That ‘one anothering’ not only speaks to loving one another as a community of Believers, but in caring for all of Creation.

In Lifesigns, Henry Nouwen speaks on the safety of home and the suffering of homeless.
“Home is that place or space where we do not have to be afraid but can let go of our defenses and be free, free from worries, free from tensions, free from pressures. . . . Home is where we can rest and be healed” (Nouwen 1986, 16). Oh the joy, the peace, of coming home after a grueling day at work, school at . . . whatever. Of just coming home to what is familiar, to what is safe. And if you don’t know how it feels to be homeless, look around. Take everything away that you know. Close the door that you can no longer enter. And then search your thoughts for where you will go, how you will live, what you will do. Many cannot get past the humiliation of having no where to go. But if you can, what does it do to your psyche? If you have a family, what does it say to your personhood?

Two of our core needs are safety and shelter. Homelessness shatters two of those core needs. Why am I saying this? The celebration of Earth Day is next week on April 22. We have not been kind to Creation. We have been so unloving toward one another, and much less to other species that are a part of Creation. We have rendered both humans and animals homeless just because we want what we want when we want it. Do you know how species have been placed on the Endangered Species list because of our greed? Do you know how ecosystems have been disrupted in the name of safety? Do you know how many peoples have been displaced because we want what they have?

During this Pentecost season, I challenge each of you to consider all of God’s Creation and how everything works together to support one another. And then find out what you can do to make a difference in reducing the suffering of homeless humans and species. Check our website to get ideas. And enjoy God’s blessings and you love one another. Type to you later.

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