Thursday, April 01, 2010

love thursday 04.01.10 ~ relation

Relational care, rather than ... the miraculous suspension of the laws of cause and effect, is the sign and medium of God's power within the world ... God's love and ours in its image, is unlimited and omnipotent in that it is experienced as all-conquering love by those who love and are loved absolutely, even if its effect is not one of victorious deliverance. God's power is invested in the power of interpersonal and social relation to mediate its blessing.

~ Melissa Raphael ~

on finding God in the midst of suffering,

from her book The Female Face of God in Auschwitz

We are God's love to each other.

I forgot that today while I was being cranky. Everything piled up and got to me. My ability to deal with stress and what I perceived as "the incompetence" of others hit a low.

It takes a lot of energy to be cranky. It also takes a lot to try not to be when I am. grace...before the day was over, I was able to find smooth waters again. Maybe I didn't show the face of love, but at least I stopped honking and cranking at others. For a moment, I could stand in someone else's shoes. For a moment, being in relation mattered.

And there is God.

Happy Love Thursday.


Carrie Wilson Link said...

And there is God, indeed.

Susan O'Neil said...

love the photo!

SE'LAH... said...

How introspective...and a valuable lesson to all.


margie said...

i always say it takes more energy to be in a bad mood than a good one.

Deb Shucka said...

It's in the shadows that we learn to really appreciate the light.

I love that the boys are letting the old girl have the warm sunlight in this picture.