Last month they listened as I rambled on "Greatly Honored are the Pure at Heart", and this week we studied "Greatly Honored are the Peacemakers".
I read from James
Emphasis -open to reason, willing to yield- mine.
The next morning at a community gathering a Circle member asked to speak with me and with a full and open heart asked me how am I able to be open to reason, how to yield when your community and congregation seem to hold beliefs different than your own.
How to be willing to yield when you know you are right.
I listened and prayed and we talked.
If I have to make a choice between kindness and being right, I choose kindness.
Right and wrong are judgement statements and it's not my job to judge. Thank God!
I can think of many times I have been judged by others and how it made me feel, especially when I felt I was wrongly judged.
So in community with others, friends and enemies, first I hold the commandment to love all beings as I love God, and when this seems impossibly hard, I can think I how would feel if I was told I was wrong.
I'd rather be in relationship than be right. Only in relationship can we continue to hear each other and be open to the everyday miracles of hearing anew, changing our minds.
There is no end to how big our hearts can grow when we can stay open to each other no matter what words we profess to believe.
I'm grateful for this community I find myself a part of, learning, listening, freedom to speak and worship openly,prayer and acceptance. Faith too.
Comments and prayer requests always welcomed.