Lift: Six Word Friday

Love elevates us from the depths
Of our deepest pits of despair
Reaching into the inner unknown darkness
Using a compassionate and empathetic touch
To gently lift down turned chin
Gazing into pain filled, sorrowful eyes
Embracing resistant, fragile, and quaking form
In warm, strong, and tender arms
Offering trusting support where none existed
Immersing, permeating, instilling, enduring love

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    1. Patti,
      Thank you so much. Forgive the much delayed response. I got a bit lost keeping up with the comments and the posts from doing The Ultimate Blog Challenge. I didn’t realize I had not responded to you.

      I love Six Word Fridays and how they challenge me to think and write differently.



  1. I forgot to add this as another way of putting it from Richard Rohr:

    Seven Underlying Themes of
    Richard Rohr’s Teachings

    First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview (Methodology).

    Moralism Instead of Mysticism

    Number 14 of 57

    God always entices us through love.

    Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change, is the experience of love and acceptance itself. This is the engine of change. If the mystics say that one way, they say it a thousand ways. But because most of our common religion has not been at the mystical level, we’ve been given an inferior message—that God loves you when you change (moralism). It puts it all back on you, which is the opposite of being “saved.” Moralism leads you back to “navel-gazing,” and you can never succeed at that level. You are never holy enough, pure enough, refined enough, or loving enough. Whereas, when you fall into God’s mercy, when you fall into God’s great generosity, you find, seemingly from nowhere, this capacity to change. No one is more surprised than you are. You know it is a total gift.

    Adapted from Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate
    . . . Seeing God in All Things (CD, DVD, MP3)


    1. River,
      I had to think about this for a while and then thanks to fibrobrain and other things, it took me this long to come back to it.

      This is such a simple and profound truth that we often miss it entirely. As I am connecting to this truth, I am able to act on this and change how I treat and respond to others, in more positive and constructive ways. Slowly, this positive change that stems from being able to have a basic acceptance and understanding that I am loved as I am, and choosing to act on that in similar ways toward others is generating a changed response and shifting the negative feedback cycle I’ve been caught up in for so long.

      It’s an amazing thing.



  2. GREAT article. Very inspiring! Being a part of a 12 saep recovery is what inspired me to start my ministry, FB page, website, blog! Its so awesome, inspiring and encouraging to hear others testimonies and its a blessing for you to be making this your ministry as well! God Bless and keep up the IMPACT!


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