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Victrola

The old Victrola

Been quite a while since I spent a morning at my dear old haunt, Victrola. A meeting later this morning takes me back into the old neighborhood, so I decided to come early and enjoy the time. It's good.

Speaking of meetings, I've had a couple each day this week. It's one of the ways I want to better use my productivity groove; even the process of going from one to the next often brings me in contact with familiar faces. I don't mind shuffling papers or computer files (in fact, sometimes I prefer it), but I miss face time with people in a ministry context, so as long as I'm getting the other necessities knocked out, it's good to get out a little.

At last night's communitygroup, we practiced a version of Lectio Divina on the topic of loving our enemies. I spent time with Jesus' words from John 13:34:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Much of what came into mind were questions:
  • How does Jesus love? How does He challenge? How does He accept?
  • What does it mean for this to be a command? On what authority? If rejected, on what authority?
  • What does it mean to possess Jesus' own power to do this?
I also observed that I love poorly—I'm often more concerned with what's fair or reasonable or even good than with what's loving. Change of heart and of action must both come from Him.

Comments

Good questions on John 13:34. I would not have thought of the second or third! Have you come up with any answers?