Ever wonder what Love looks like
in relationship or leadership?
Or what time may feel like when one
encounters or expresses Love?
My husband and I read this reflection
last night from Northumbria Community's
Celtic Daily Prayers, and I felt
a new editorial blossom.
Enjoy and welcome to a new week,
May 1 Finan Reading
Inspired and adapted from Columbanus' Letter to a Young Disciple
BE HELPFUL WHEN YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER AND BE THE LOWEST WHEN YOU ARE IN AUTHORITY
Too many of our models for authority are ones of hierarchy or domination. We think of rulers and leaders as those who are over other people and supported by them. Instead of a pyramid model where the few dominate the many, in God's Kingdom it is more helpful to picture a huge saucer into which is thrown all the people of God in all their giftedness, from the least to the greatest...One true example of Christian humility was King Oswald of Northumbria who himself willingly worked as interpreter for Aidan [the first bishop of Lindisfarne] so that his people might receive the gospel.
In other words, those who are gifted do not rise to the top as the cream but sink below "where they may undergird and provoke the rest" of those also trying to love God.
Thought for the day: Am I about fast or efficient living so that I may dominate myself, another, my to-dos, or job or do I rest in Love to love myself and another, taking time to discern what this wondrous love looks like? (Do I even know Love?)