Love, that greater calling

Today is the celebration of relational love. Relational love holds within itself moments of great grace and difficulty that help us grow and help us build.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. from I Corinthians 13

My brain and heart are trying to translate this into modern/contemporary wording that is unnecessary. These words work and call me, call us to something deeper, something more than warm fuzzies, and feel good events. These words call us to action. They call me to reflect on how I can do, and be better for the others in my life. How I can be better for me. I can see how I “brood over injury”, how I “seek my own interest” and am often more “quick tempered” than I’d like working hard to justify my actions and reactions based on being the “injured” party here. This passage asks me, demands that I reflect on this, and work toward loving the other even when it hurts. Because it is in the ache where the needle and thread meet the fabric and become something beautiful.

This love of which we speak is the love that requires that we love our self as well, extending grace to our self, and doing some things that reconnect us with our Creator who loves us deeply.

How few there are who accept failure and weakness, who are content to see themselves on the ground and to be found there by others -St. Therese of Lisieux

From Fr. Bob O. Carm
You created us incomplete! You did it deliberately, didn’t You, so that not one of us would be self-sufficient and not need others! God of Life, within us is a loneliness which searches for partners and fulfillment. We are not self-contained. Humble us to respect the complimentary nature of men and women. Teach us to reverence each other’s gifts, not in competitive struggle, but as a creative engagement of life-giving energy. Give us the faith of the Syro-Phoenician who stretched the healing power and ministry of Jesus beyond chosen confines. Give me her determined heart and spirit in my pursuit of wholeness for myself and others. May my loneliness never create excluding boundaries, where I and others suffocate. May this woman of faith make us more sensitive to the risk and ways You call us to wholeness in our relationships with all Your children.

One of the most loving things I did this week is reach out to one of the sales managers for some advice, knowing that they are available to me is priceless. Offering myself the opportunity to say to this manager, “I know I need you however I’m not sure what to ask” opened the door to share the need and get some advice on a situation that felt off. I took the advice and got some much needed information. This further offered some valuable insight in other areas.

My sewing machine will get a bit of a workout this weekend while I finish a block for one of my shops and work on a book project. The computer will get a bit of a workout as I restructure a chapter and write. This is part of the love and grace I need to move forward in the things I’m called to do in the world of quilt making.

You all know that I practice quilting regularly. I might be good at what I do and that is a direct result of practicing of being willing to make some pretty awful stuff to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Practicing love is pretty much the same thing, we get to figure out what works and what doesn’t for the person we’re working towards loving and for our selves. I’ll be writing more on practicing either on TerifiCreations or Quilt Coach in the near future.

May you experience deeply the Love of God today.

Teri

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