Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wonder and Action

I don’t often get excited about the words of St. Paul, but this phrase really captured my imagination- “God’s love was poured into our hearts.” (Romans 5; 5) The context of the words was the power of hope in the midst of disappointment.

There is a connection between receptive emotions like love, joy and wonder, and action. Wonder is like a jug; empty, open and ready to be filled. Once the jug has been filled, it’s only natural to share the love. If you have a heart full of love, then pour your love out like a jug of compassion.

The spiritual truth (and the wisdom of Romans 5) is that perceived disappointments are so often new opportunities in disguise. This is part of the wonder of evolution. I don’t always know how or why life is unfolding the way it is, but I can take strength from the fact that it is unfolding. There is always more. Life is packed full of second chances.

At a time when so many of us are craving a new expression of hope, a new form of activism, my hope is that we pause to wonder at our hearts filled with love, and allow this love to cascade out of our hearts with compassion. The power of wonder-filled activism is that your heart always has more love to give.

May you be blessed with moments of love and wonder that take your breath away, and fill your heart with compassion.

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