A Week of Compassion Sprinkled with Grace


It was barley a week ago that we saw hate and tragedy followed by an amazing outpouring of compassion and forgiveness by a strong Christian community. The grace was like an invisible veil that covered us all with God’s love. In quick succession the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality ensuring access to healthcare for millions of people, many poor, and equality for all who love.compassionate HR edited

I feel blessed to live in a country that shows such compassion for the poor and the sick. I feel equally blessed to live in a country where love and equality win. I wish that we all felt the same joy and shared the same convictions about access to care, the poor, and equality. Most of all I wish we all equally valued the faith beliefs of others.

Today I’ve been told I’m a sinner as if that was ever in doubt. If we are Christians we acknowledge we are not perfect and we sin. Sadly, loving my neighbor who is gay or lesbian and wishing them the same happiness I’ve found in marriage isn’t among my greatest sins. If it is a sin then I will gladly say I chose to err on the side of love and equality.

Faith has been part of my life since I was seventeen. It found me in a rural Tennessee church and I accepted it. I have never doubted the importance of faith and still acknowledge that it is all grace. As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that there will always be those that try and steal the faith of others. They do it when they attack one’s faith or demean it. They fail to recognize that when we are touched by the grace of God no manner of attack will take away that grace. Overtime we grow in understanding, openness to inspiration through prayer, and form a conscience. Faith, hope, and prayer shape the conscience that is a gift from God. It is my conscience founded in faith, shaped by prayer and study, and fine tuned by the hope that God will never let my conscience be deceived.

I firmly believe in one kind and loving God, the holy Catholic Church where all are welcome, and that my conscience will always be true so long as I am open to inspiration. I cannot bring myself to believe that a person who is other than heterosexual is disordered and not deserving of love and equality. I do not believe any person should be denied healthcare or that there is any compassion in putting up barriers to the poor getting care. There is nothing in my faith, my prayers, or my conscience that leads me to believe that I am any more or less deserving of access to care than the poorest person. There is nothing in my being that can not be happy for those that find love. To do so would be to deny my conscience.

I am a liberal Christian and today the President ended this grace filled week by singing my favorite song – Amazing Grace. I wonder if the prayer, forgiveness, and the faith that spread from Charleston, that brought down symbols of hate, and that lifted up a Nation was so powerful that a veil of grace covered our Nation and for this week we chose love, equality, and compassion for the sick and the poor.

It was barley a week ago that we saw hate and tragedy followed by an amazing outpouring of compassion and forgiveness by a strong Christian community. The grace was like an invisible veil that covered us all with God’s love. In quick succession the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality ensuring access to healthcare for millions of people, many poor, and equality for all who love.

I feel blessed to live in a country that shows such compassion for the poor and the sick. I feel equally blessed to live in a country where love and equality win. I wish that we all felt the same joy and shared the same convictions about access to care, the poor, and equality. Most of all I wish we all equally valued the faith beliefs of others.

Today I’ve been told I’m a sinner as if that was ever in doubt. If we are Christians we acknowledge we are not perfect and we sin. Sadly, loving my neighbor who is gay or lesbian and wishing them the same happiness I’ve found in marriage isn’t among my greatest sins, but if it is a sin then I will gladly say I chose to err on the side of love and equality.

Faith has been part of my life since I was seventeen. It found me in a rural Tennessee church and I accepted it. I have never doubted the importance of faith and still acknowledge that it is all grace. As I’ve grown older I’ve realized that there will always be those that try and steal the faith of others. They do it when they attack others and fail to recognize that when we are touched by the grace of God no manner of attack will take away that grace. Overtime we grow in understanding, openness to inspiration through prayer, and form a conscience. Faith, hope, and prayer shape the conscience that is a gift go God. It is my conscience founded in faith, shaped by prayer and study, and fine tuned by the hope that God will never let my conscience be deceived.

I firmly believe in one kind and loving God, the holy Catholic Church where all are welcome, and that my conscience will always be true so long as I am open to inspiration. I cannot bring myself to believe that a person who is other than heterosexual is disordered and not deserving of love and equality. I do not believe any person should be denied healthcare or that there is any compassion in putting up barriers to the poor getting care. There is nothing in my faith, my prayers, or my conscience that leads me to believe that I am any more or less deserving of access to care than the poorest person. There is nothing in my being that can not be happy for those that find love. To do so would be to deny my conscience.

I am a liberal Christian and today the President ended this grace filled week by singing my favorite song – Amazing Grace. I wonder if the prayer, forgiveness, and the faith that spread from Charleston, that brought down symbols of hate, and that lifted up a Nation was so powerful that a veil of grace covered our Nation and for this week we chose love, equality, and compassion for the sick and the poor.

i hope this vile of grace is never lifted and that our policies continue to be compassionate.

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