Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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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.
Tags: community group, love, prayer, quotes, scripture, seattle, work
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