Awakening a Keen Observer

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

William Sloane Coffin

Back in the 60's Linda Ronstandt sang a song with the title, When will I be loved? It still has a sound we who heard it when we were young remember. For me it is one of those songs that 'gets into my head' and I'm likely to have it singing for some time.

Perhaps we all live our lives asking this question in one way or another all the time. We try to prove ourselves acceptable to others by what we wear, how we talk, what car we drive, where we live, what we eat/don't eat, and on and on.... But, we
have the best response to this question of love from William Sloane Coffin who wrote in his book Credo...

“God's love doesn't seek value; it creates it. It's not because we have value that we are loved, but because we're loved that we have value. So you don't have to prove yourself -- ever. That's taken care of.”

So, then, what if we truly lived our lives in that knowledge. What if we lived our lives in the affirmations of the psalms... Let your heart take courage, lead me beside still waters, Truly it is God who saves me,...
What if all those who 'claim' their faith lived into it fully? To be perfectly hones I would have fewer nights when I fall asleep worried about __________ something.
What if we lived our lives so completely believing what we claim to be our faith tht we already have this knowledge that we are loved... no go out into the world and 'Do it'. Whatever it is that God has before you to do... To be the ones brining this love to others...To knock down barriers of exclusion or judgement... ! Do it! Because you are claimed by God's love already. There is nothing holding you back from bringing the love of God into the world around you.
Let's Go.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

PS Another Quote from Coffin... Even if you win the rat race, you are still a rat.


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