For the Love of…

I’ve been out of the loop for a while.  I guess that’s what happens when I run off into the mountains of Montana’s back country to work on rebuilding some long lost trails.  To say the least, I have been enjoying the limited internet access, even if I have to bathe in the ice cold creek next to our camp site.

Yesterday, I jumped on the ole social media outlets (mainly Facebook) and two events stood out immediately that I want to talk about.  They both involve unconditional love.

The first is a little more personal: Yesterday, I officially became a Forever Uncle to a little boy that my sister and brother-in-law adopted.  This is the story of two individuals who have accepted the challenge to love a child unconditionally.  It has been a struggle at times, but their love shines through till the end of days.

The second is a little more controversial: the SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage.  This is a huge win for the LBGT community of our nation.  It is a sign that love perseveres through the most difficult of times.

I saw many reactions to this decision.  On one side, I saw celebrations of victory and the outpouring of support.  And then I saw, on the other end, many of my Christian friends quoting scripture about the sins of homosexuality and the coming of the end of the world.  I was love.  And I saw hate and fear.

I have always tried to live my life in a fashion of love.  I call myself a follower of Jesus Christ (read: Christian).  But I have never stood in the stance that what I personally believe, everyone else should follow.  It is not the way that God has called me to live.  He has called me to live a life where I love unconditionally.

While I personally believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man, woman, and God, I do not feel as if I should take up the banner of hate that forces others to live in a way that they do not believe.  I celebrate the SCOTUS decision because it is a decision of acceptance, of love, and of healing.

So, how do these two stories line up?  Let me tell you.

Both have everything to do with acceptance and unconditional love.

Faith calls us to love.  To love unconditionally.  For, if we do not know love, we do not know God.


The Deafening Silence

As you can tell, I have not written in a short while.  It’s not that I haven’t had the time, it’s just that the words have not come.  Several times over the past couple weeks I have sat here in front of the screen and words just seem to slip through my fingers. Or sat before the canvas, unable to paint.  Or draw.

I’ve been distracted.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future.  Where do I go from here?  When my time with AmeriCorps is over, where will I turn?  Where will I work?  What will I do?  Where will I live?

I’ve been absorbed on the past.  Where I’ve been.  What I have done.  Reflecting on lost moments.  Lost words left unsaid.  Actions and their consequences.

I sit in the silence, listening for a clue to that next step, and all I hear are my thoughts.  The hundreds and thousands of questions racing through my head.  And it is deafening.  It’s like a screaming that wont stop.  That can’t stop.

And yet I smile.  I still press on.  For the silence tells us just as much as words.

The silence is God’s way of telling me to wait.  To be still.  And embrace the moments we have, here and now.