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a little more love

A couple of years ago, I wrote in my postThe Church of Sunshine through Trees“:

If I feel compelled to visit a church, I will. I will go with that flow.

Until then, my church will be the sunlight through the trees, the wind through my hair, the prayer of thanks at 3 a.m., the sweetness of fruit bursting in my mouth, the sound of my little boys’ laughter. It will be in the “for,” not the “against,” and most of all in the love I hear resounding around me when I only

remember

to listen.

Drew Downs, an Episcopal priest who’s guest posted here twice (“Loving Joy” and “Don’t Be A Priest“), commented on my post. He wrote:

I love the sensitivity you use in describing your experience – it is so honest and generous. So many of us within the institutional boundaries need to hear you, that we can share in your experience honestly and generously. Thank you, Deborah!

As always, his words eased my heart.

A couple weeks ago, I texted my sister and husband a link to one of Drew’s posts. “I’d go to church every week if Drew lived in Long Beach!”

Soon after, I read his post on Satan (“You and I are the real devils“). I texted that link, too, and affirmed my prior statement.

I wanted to post a link here and say “I am a Christian now,” but I refrained. I was concerned people would look at all my rage-y posts of the last year and think things like:

  • Christianity might be a contributory cause in being a jerk!
  • On the other hand, maybe being a jerk causes Christianity?
  • If that’s what this jerk is … nope.

The good thing about not posting then was that Drew followed up with, “It isn’t weird to be a Christian who supports abortion rights.” Because I hadn’t already posted, I was stoked that I could post that with the other link, eventually.

There’s not one monolithic Christianity, no matter what a bunch of far-right American politicians claim. Drew explains this so well.

I don’t want to proselytize. Believe what you believe. I don’t believe in belief as the key to salvation, and really don’t know if I even believe in salvation.

What I do want to do is share things that make my heart swell. That make me believe better is possible, within me and outside of me.

Drew’s words–including yesterday’s, warning of the pitfalls of centrism–are among those. This was true before I was a Christian, and it remains true now.

In my pursuit
of perspectiving,
I am so glad Drew is
out there writing,
reminding me to
challenge my
perspectives
with, natch,
a little
more
love.

 

 

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  1. July 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Oh my gosh, Deborah! I’m blushing!

  2. July 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

    the sunlight through the treas is a wonderful church ~ I am certain that God is always there with us. ❤

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