“Let’s be radical and get on with loving folks.” Thank you Debbie!

Debbie at   Two Minutes of Grace has some food for thought on Holy Thursday:

“You know the Edith Wharton quote:

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
It makes me think of the kind of light we are in the world. Are we a light that draws people and makes them feel safe enough to want more? Or have we become Christian cops, shining spot lights to blind offenders?

“How did He behave with people whose touch the temple leaders said would defile Him – harlots, for instance? He welcomed their touch. Did He welcome them secretly? No. Openly, publicly.”

May we be more like Jesus.
Radical?
Yes ma’am.
Let’s be radical and get on with loving folks.”

Amen Debbie!

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No two ways about it. His teaching and his ACTIONS showed a new way to live:

Love.

The only way is through Love.

Remember  “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

It is not for us to judge another.

We are here to Love each other as we love ourselves.

If we can not love ourselves enough to do that; what are we here for?

Love.

Debbie, you are a wise and wonderful woman.

Your Love for others and for your God shine in all you do.

You are an inspiration.

Poetry.

and you.

I will carry these thoughts with me as we move through Holy Week.

I will carry these words into next week and into forever.

Love,  Jen

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WWJD

God does the healing work necessary in a peculiar way. He doesn’t just expose the wound, He moves into it – to live there. This is His pattern, Jesus gave the lepers, harlots, tax collectors, Samaritans, and Romans – in fact any of the social outcasts and hated enemies of His day – the one thing no one else would give them: Himself. He came to their homes, their parties, their weddings. He healed their children and drank their wine. What did he do with the untouchable people? He touched them. How did he behave with people whose touch the temple leaders said would defile Him – harlots, for instance? He welcomed their touch. Did He welcome them secretly? No. Openly, publicly.  ~Victoria Brooks

These days, we talk a lot about what Jesus would do. We wear the reminder on our bumper stickers and arms and message boards. WWJD. What Would Jesus do.

God only knows. I can tell you what we often do. We don’t touch, we bolt the door. There are places for those kind of people. The ones we, who so often claim to speak for the heart of God, deem untouchable. We send them away to get a cure and and a haircut and then, when they’re like us, then maybe they can join of us.

I can’t say What Jesus Would Do, but I can certainly see what He did. He touched the untouchables. He didn’t call them untouchable. He called them His children.

I think we should change our lettering to WDJD. What Did Jesus Do.  Jesus gave the lepers, harlots, tax collectors, Samaritans, and Romans – in fact any of the social outcasts and hated enemies of His day – the one thing no one else would give them: Himself. He came to their homes, their parties, their weddings. He healed their children and drank their wine…

Maybe it’s time to stop picketing, protesting, speculating and shunning and to time to start touching.

~ by Step On a Crack on April 5, 2012.

7 Responses to ““Let’s be radical and get on with loving folks.” Thank you Debbie!”

  1. Amen to that! Happy Easter!

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  2. Two beautiful writers here. Both women of love enough to share with all around them. Thank you Jen.

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  3. Jen– I’m so happy you reblogged this post. It’s one of my favorites, too. I don’t know how it came to be that Christians have the rep for being judges. We certainly didn’t get it from Jesus, did we? Is there anytihing less Crist like than throwing stones??

    Love on!

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  4. Yea you, Jen! I am giving you the Kreativ Blogger Award! Follow this link to learn the ‘rules’ & to capture the badge to display on your great blog:) Love the photo:)

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  5. Jen, I’m touched and honored beyond words.
    Thank you.
    Love,
    Debbie

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  6. Jen, what hope you spread with this re-posting! Thanks for sharing your insights, too.

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    • Kathy!

      So good to see you! I have been hunkered down: Prime directive: Kid. He is on his feet again after a hard month of tragic death. NOW, where the heck is MY Center. (I think it might be under the couch…)

      I LOVED this post by Debbie. It is one of my very favorites of hers. I LOVE that we can share here. Community at its best ehh??

      Love, Jen

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