Friday, November 16, 2007

Metanoia, again

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 is worthy.

"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."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very poignant.

November 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. this is what I've tried to live by always. It's helped me build solid relationships, but has alienated some, who do not accept this, with accusations that I am "holier than thou-ing" them. No worries though. One day they will know that I really wasn't. And that will be a great day, because we will be able to walk together again.

November 19, 2007  
Blogger Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

Thank you!

November 19, 2007  

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