“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:27, Parable of the Good Samaritan
Sometimes, I think we're living in two worlds.
One is at the church, temple, mosque or place of worship, where we hear the Good News or guidance from our holy books, knowing that many if not most teachings from different religions are very similar. You know ... Love your neighbor. Love and worship one God. The belief in an a...
“I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” – Donald Trump, June 2015
Sitting in church this morning, I heard, “God is love. God is not fear.”
It made me contemplate last week and the last few years. One of my favorite morning prayers and reflections includes:
The only thing we have to fear … is fear itself. - FDR
There’s a scene in Rocky III (not my favorite Rocky movie, more at the end.) where Rocky’s wife Adrian confronts him after he has lost his edge, his work ethic … the “eye of the tiger.” I think we’ve all been there, to some extent.
After Rocky attempts to run from the confrontation, explaining he doesn’t believe in himself anymore and doesn’t want to lose everything, Adrian says, “That’s not it!! Why don’t you tell me the truth!! … What’s the truth, dammit?”
Seven months ago, I published Ending Our Uncivil War, entering an unknown land.
I felt vulnerable and a bit unsure of what I would hear, as well as hopeful, even optimistic. How would my book impact “the conversation?” My relationship with close friends? My job? Me?
So far, so good! I’ve made many new friends and deepened relationships with people I respected, and more importantly quite a few people I didn’t know well, or yes, even trust or like much. I’ve been part of conversations on important stages, like The Tenne...