Love Your Enemies
Barbara Carter, Council of Twelve Apostles
But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. -Luke 6: 27-28
Several times in my life I have felt hate; times when I have been under attack by what some would call enemies. Those are hard times, and I have not always responded in a way that reflects my true heart’s desires. In the midst of one of those times, I heard and learned the essence of this passage in Luke in a profound way.
I was struggling with how to bring leadership in a time of change, turmoil, and distrust. As I was praying one morning, the words “You are called to love” kept coming into my consciousness. My response was, “What if I don’t have love within me?”
The reply was, “Hold them in my love.” So I cupped my hands in front of me and began to visualize groups of people and individuals in my hands. As I placed them there, I focused on God’s love swirling around them, flowing through each person.
This practice continued for several weeks. One day I realized I was able to love the persons I had been holding. It wasn’t a superficial love. It was a deep love that surpassed outward actions or words spoken.
This spiritual practice does not remove my responsibility to bring healing and wholeness to relationships. It empowers it. I have two sets of porcelain hands, one on my dresser and one on my desk. They invite me daily to hold people in God’s love. Sometimes I place objects that represent individuals in those hands. Often, I place a very small globe of the world.
God is here today. (“Dios est\xc3\xa1 aqu\xc3\xad” CCS 150)
Breathing in the Spirit
Find a comfortable but alert position and begin to breathe deeply. With each breath, feel yourself relax, releasing anything that feels constricting. Imagine that each breath is the wind of the Spirit moving through your being, stirring up what is most alive in you. Relax into the flow of the Spirit and notice what awareness or invitation emerges.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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