i am writing this post early on saturday morning, though it won't post until the following tuesday. my usual posting day. yesterday my wife and i celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. we are spending a few days staying in a condiminium in the mountains, and tomorrow we will go to spend a few days at the beach. as i sat here this morning, i thought about how wonderful it is to have a partner who is my best friend. like all friends, we don't always see eye to eye, we become angry with one another occasionally, there are hurt feelings from time to time, but, like true friends, the friendship continues. we overlook one another's shortcomings, we learn to deal in love with those annoying quirks and habits, and we know that our lives are so much happier together than they would be apart. we have learned to be patient with one another and to treat each other with kindness. we increasingly seek the other's well being along with each one's own well being. isn't that what love is about? i think of crossman's words, "but, oh my friend, my friend indeed, who for my need his life did spend," and i wonder if those words don't apply to our day-to-day relationships with others as much as they apply to the ministry and death of jesus.
as i sit her ruminating, i think, too, of the current political campaign. it seems that more and more the republican side has turned to a narrow path that denies the worth of women, that marginalizes all but the rich and powerful, that blames those who suffer for their own suffering. a republican county judge in texas has warned people to arm themselves to prepare for the coming civil war that will ensue should president obama be re-elected. a republican senate candidate has suggested that women who say they have become pregnant as a result of rape may not really have been raped, because he believes that in cases of "legitimate rape" the female body will naturally abort the pregnancy without any medical procedure. i pray every day that, afer this election, justice and mercy wil walk together once more in our country, that we will once more look to the common good, and that the needs of our people will be more important than increasing the wealth and power of the few at the top of our economy.
before beginning this post this morning, i read "how to become open to life" in zenhabits.net, one of my favorite blogs. i was inspired by leo's comments on judging less while accepting more, letting go of the need to set goals that restrict our openness to the opportunities life presents us, and releasing ourselves from the need to control. if you don't follow leo's blog, i encourage you to do so.
my prayer for each of us this morning is that we treasure the friendships we develop over a lifetime, that we work to bring the kingdom of God to fruition in our daily lives, and that we open ourselves to a life of acceptance and openness. shalom