While waking up this morning, I had this thought: When God calls us to love, he 1. does not imply it will be reciprocated 2. sustains us if we let him.
I also read this reading and appreciated it: "Though it might be argued, theoretically, that a Christianity in which men know how to picket, but not how to pray, is bound to wither, theorizing is not required, because we can already observe the logic of events. The fact is that emphasis upon the life of outer service, without a corresponding emphasis upon the life of devotion, has already led to obviously damaging results, one of which is calculated arrogance. How different it might be if the angry activists were to heed the words found in the Imitation of Christ, 'Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.' The essence of pietism, by contrast, is the limitation of personal salvation. Even today, by the highways, we can see signs paid for by somebody, which urges us to 'get right with God.' The evil of this well-intentioned effort lies not in what it says, but in what it so evidently omits. The assumption is that salvation is nothing more than a private transaction between the individual and God and that it can be an accomplished, dated event." - From The New Man for Our Time by Elton Trueblood
Just for today, I pray I can love without expecting something in return. That I can be gentle, kind, compassionate. (And to others as well). That I can be slow to anger, quick to listen, and abounding in gentleness. That I may have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to pray. I pray for the dance between you and me. That I can move from that place of centeredness where everything else is not in my vision and where this locus of knowledge is where I move out from. Lord, lead me this day and give me a courageous, trusting heart!