LENTEN MEDITATION | Are We Equally Ready to Reach Out in Love?
By the Rev. Abi W. Moon
These words are hard to hear in the polarized modern world. Do good, bless and pray for those who have broken your heart, your body, your soul. When someone had been rude or hurt my feelings as a child, my mother used to tell me, “smother them in kindness.” While this may or may not have been the only way to move forward, this scripture reminds me that loving our enemies means telling the truth, being kind, listening deeply and holding their story in our hands, too. With outstretched hands, we can be healers and bridge builders, able to change unjust systems and be transformed.
Children are the quickest to reach for our hand. Are we equally ready to reach out in love?
This meditation is a part of the 2022 Lenten Meditations series. To receive the daily reflections, subscribe at episcopalrelief.org/lent.
The Rev. Abigail (Abi) W. Moon is Interim Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida.