Day 26: Humility and love

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Why would ultimate power choose to limit itself in such a humiliating fashion? Is this really what love is about? - Madeleine L'Engle

L'Engle reframes Christ's sacrifice in Walking on Water, emphasizing his humanity, his coming to be dust with us, his accepting the fate of death by coming to be born in a manger, in a stable. I just don't imagine that heaven includes blood, pain, tears, death of friends and then himself that Christ experienced here.

When I think about that sacrifice, I wonder what I am holding onto. I like my comforts, my stuff, my schedule, my "free time." But giving up time, money, or encouragement pales in comparison to Christ's sacrifice. We cannot take any of these things with us when we die. What will count is our obedience and faithfulness, not our things or our success.

We can be humble only when we know that we are God's children, of infinite value, and eternally loved. - Madeleine L'Engle

When I remember that I am God's child, that reframes my value. The God of the universe loves me. Loves us. That's the affirmation that really counts. And in knowing my value, I am able to better affirm others because that's love that's not competitive, not jealous, but freely given.

To love anyone is to hope in him always....we must dare to love in a world that does not know how to love. "a French priest," via Madeleine L'Engle in Walking on Water
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:3-4

In what way can we dare to love today?

Do we believe that we are God's children, of infinite value, and eternally loved?