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Jun  2011 10
To Love as God Loves

This morning as I’m driving to the seminary and listening to international news headlines from around the world, I’m thinking about humankind, about my kin, billions of brothers and sisters whose names I will never know, whose faces I will never see, but who nevertheless have a claim on me and call me to acknowledge them as family, whether in Tulsa or Taiwan, Tripoli or Tonga, Tunisia or Timbuktu.

Isn’t it funny (read “tragic”) how easy it is to say I love them as God loves them, but then never show them any evidence of that love, to say one thing and do another, to promote a prophetic and peace-making path I rarely pursue, in part because I don’t know how to care for those in Cairo or reach out to those in Riyadh, in part because if I were actually to try to make good the gospel on the ground, it might globalize my priorities and change my life. And God forgive me. I’m not ready.  

 


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