Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You do not have to be good to be loved

Morning: Psalm 119:49-72; Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28
Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese poem begins, “You do not have to be good.”  She urges us not to moralize, with ourselves or others. You don’t gain fullness of life by good behaviour, but by being open to Love.  So … you do not have to be good … to be loved.  When Love moves in us, life flourishes in us too; we do good things.  And real love (which gives birth to the Cosmos) is free.  When evil finds a way in us, our lives shrink and we ourselves judge them incomplete and small.  Goodness springs from Love, not Law.

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