I believe that being a part of the church means giving up a sense of ownership of anything and any sense of individual rights, because ultimately it’s about love of the other and taking on the servant posture of a crucified Christ. Though there’s that minor detail of how we can’t really love “the other” until we learn to love ourselves in a way that mirrors the reality of being made in the image of God. It’s scary and definitely not easy. But that’s what Christ asks us to do.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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“And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
—Matthew 22:39 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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