Much Appreciated Recognition
Maitri wrote: I have been reading this incredible, inspiring blog for some time. It is beautifully done, well written, and thought-provoking. But recently I read something on this site that touched me deeply. When I read “The bad news is that many Christian Americans are incapable of loving, tolerant disagreement. Is the current state of division between American Christians what Jesus envisioned when he said that he did not come to earth in human form to ‘make life cozy’? (Matthew 10:34).” She was writing about Proposition 8 and those who want gay marriage to remain illegal.
I was touched so deeply I had tears in my eyes. In the heart of compassion it is not important that we agree, but that we disagree, if we do, with loving tolerance.
This blog is full of compassionate insights. The flip side is — and you should know, as I write this, that I am a gay woman — is that gay people are, at times, no more non-judgmental about perceptions of Christians than some Christians are of gay people’s rights and loving care for one another. There is no right or wrong here. There is fear of the unknown. Most anger, distancing, and hurtful activity come from fear of the unknown, of misunderstanding. The writer of this blog is a great teacher, one with an open heart, and a deep understanding of human nature, and human loving, and it fits within the framework of her Christian beliefs. There is a lesson here for us all.
When I started The Maitri Ministry, it was in hopes that people of all faiths, sexual orientations, races, from many countries of origin, could find a common ground in our shared humanity. Of course I’m no Pollyanna, there is no wool over my eyes, but we must each take personal responsibility for spreading love and understanding, not hate and and fear. Each One, Reach One. Hopeful Spirit is reaching many.
I cannot say enough about this beautiful blog. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May your loving heart spread waves of love in ever-growing outward circles. You truly are a hopeful spirit, and a compassionate heart, a great healer in this world. I am deeply blessed to have found you. You will help more people than you will ever know.
Warmest Regards and Deepest Blessings, and Congratulations!