When I wrote this
post on metanoia, I assumed I wasn't alone in my heart ache regarding really loving others. Then today, I was made certain of that when I read this
heart achingly beautiful post at Et tu?
It about doing our best, with our fallen selves and narrow focus, to see people as they really are, as God sees them, with all their hurts and sorrows. To turn the other cheek, and why we are exhorted to do so, believing that through Christ we all are capable of love and mercy towards each other. As I delve more deeply into the spiritual waters, I see the shadow of the shadow of the ability to see as God sees. Please, go read the rest of this post it is perfect. Here is a snippet, but really the entire post
"everyone has suffered. We all live in this fallen world together, and because of that we have all experienced hurt, loss, cruelty, abuse and pain, to some extent or another. Everyone I'll ever interact with has had something bad happen to them. And when inevitable misunderstandings and altercations arise, if I respond to unkindness with unkindness, to scorn with scorn, the only result is that I am adding to the suffering they experience in this life, and to the total amount of suffering in the world."