Inspiration for this short passage of fiction was drawn mainly from three sources: James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead, Luke 11:5-13 (which I would encourage you to read before reading this epilogue), and my wife Kathy and my personal experiences caring for her mom during the last nine months of her battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
There was a time when I had earned my mother-in-law’s lasting enmity. And I felt the same about her. It was so bad that
Last post from the book of John we saw Jesus speaking to the crowd and right at the end of that passage, Jesus talks about being lifted up, a reference to his being lifted up on the cross. It’s then that many believed in him. (See previous post: Suicide And Living Forever)
“I had spoken hastily and resentfully. Yet I knew that this was no way to solve a problem. ‘You must not harbor anger,’ I admonished myself. ‘You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.” –Martin Luther King
I’m reminded of Jesus’ words when he said, “…go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)
“Imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to consume, to get something–from others. They are there, every single one of them, to receive, and not one would get what they came for.
“Now imagine a church where every single person without exception comes to love the other people there. They are there, every one of them, to give. Every single one will receive what they’re looking for.
“Hebrews 10:23-25 says ‘…stir up one another to love and good works…'”
We can’t stir up one another alone, there has to be others, there has to be community.
From my notes on Chuck Bomar’s teaching Reflecting God’s Love, 1 John Chapter 4, Sunday 10/11/15, Colossae Church, Tigard, Oregon
Dave Teixeira introduced us to Henry Nouwen with these words: “Henry was a guy who taught at Harvard and Yale. He was this very renowned professor. This person who lived in high and elite places. But Continue reading →