Ministry Theme of the Month
L O V E
Quotes from bell hooks, author of All About Love: New Visions
“I feel our nation’s turning away from love…moving into a wilderness of spirit so intense we may never find our way home again. I write of love to bear witness both to the danger in this movement, and to call for a return to love.”
“Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give to yourself…The light of love is always in us, no matter how cold the flame. It is always present, waiting for the spark to ignite, waiting for the heart to awaken.”
“There can be no love without justice…abuse and neglect negate love. Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humiliation, are the foundation of love. It is a testimony to the failure of loving practice that abuse is happening in the first place.”
Quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift From the Sea
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity, when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom, in the sense that dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.”
Questions to Ponder:
1. In our relational love—such as friend, pet, relative, mother earth— how do we practice faith in the ebb and flow of life?
2. Do you believe the light of love is always in us, no matter how cold the flame?
3. How do you practice care and affirmation in your life?
July 2019: Grace, August: Possibility, September: Identity, October: Letting Go, November: Inheritance, December: Promise, January 2020: Love, February: Presence, March: Engagement, April: Anticipation, May: Embodiment, June: Passion, July: Resilience