Writing Love with One's Body
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- Mar 23, 2017
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On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the fact that Jesus knelt to wash not the faces or hands -- but the feet -- of his disciples. He humbled himself to take their feet, crusted with dirt from the unpaved roads of the day, and wipe them clean. When he was through, Jesus looked at his disciples, stunned that their master had stooped to tend them as a servant, and he gave them a new commandment: Love one another in the same humble way as I have loved you.
One of the greatest writers of the last century was the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He wrote only a few books, however, because he was killed while flying reconnaissance missions in World War II. In the spring of 1940, shortly before the fall of France, the American author Dorothy Thompson begged him to stop risking his life by volunteering for the most perilous missions. "Other men can fly planes," she pleaded. "But you can write."
The great French author replied: "You are mistaken. Nobody has a right to write a word today who does not participate to the fullest in the trials and opportunities of his fellow human beings. The Christian idea has to be served: That God's Word became flesh in love, and one must write one's love with one's body."
We are meant to make all our words flesh, to write with our bodies, to narrate volumes and volumes with our lives. We are meant to participate in the challenges of our day. Week by week, I see the people of Holy Innocents' Church doing just that! We are blessed to be a blessing. We are built to breathe out generosity and resources to others. Our pledges of financial giving and our offerings of time and talent are ways that we "write love with our lives."
If you haven't yet made your financial pledge for 2017, we would love to hear from you. Everyone and any level of giving is important. This comes with my prayers and gratitude.