Awakening a Keen Observer

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Mother's words

I am not of the Catholic faith but the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta touch me deeply. She had a way of putting the simplest of ideas in a way that could be almost universally understood. She didn't speak in parables as much as she spoke in clarity and truth.

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

How powerful these words. These words that turn us and remind us of what we are to be doing here(wherever your Here may be). Peace and power have only the letter P in common though they are both 5 letter words. Faith gives us strength, Power takes our strength as we attempt to 'better' someone else. Faith gives us energy for the task ahead, as Power saps away the Good we would do. Faith is beautiful while fear is cloudy and fuzzy and confusing.
Mother knew, We need to remember that we belong to one another, Every on ever other side from the others, We need to account for the time when we do not share God's love for us by loving others. God is the one who is the judge and redeemer, not we. It is Thy will... not MY will that we pray and raise to God.

We need to be so deeply engaged in peacefulness because of our understanding that we belong to one another as we belong to God. We belong to those who have raised us, nurtured us, loved us, so when we want to be peacemakers we belong to God. To God alone we belong. Even when we are always related to one another and responsible to one another and with each other in all we do.

So, that makes the church sign I saw today, "Have faith, not fear", all the more important. Because our faithfulness as those who are beloved by God makes us bold to be about the work of the kin-dom. That we are related to one another and that we have work to do. Fear is a four letter word---Faith is longer, stronger, sweeter, and more compassionate than fear. Faith empowers us, fear stops us.

God bless you with your faithfulness and your fears will be washed away in the Baptism of God's awesomeness. Because we don't need to remain or to sturggle. God's love is powerful to a debree beydon our counting or our understanding.
Faith hope and love abide these three.
A trinity for our day.
God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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