TO LIVE IS TO LOVE. To love is to lose. But to lose is to live. If we lose one part of our life, we become open to another part.
If we love having young children at home, when they grow up and leave home the empty space created by their leaving opens the door to love something else — like the freedom to travel or to visit with adults without interruption. When something disappears, it opens the space for something else.
Loss opens new space with regard to faith as well. When the way we understood God as a child no longer helps us navigate the swirling waters of adult life, we sometimes give up faith all together. For those who continue to immerse themselves in the stories and rituals of faith, new insights into the character of the Divine can emerge.
- Dan Moseley
Lose, Love, Live
From pages 25-26 of Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change by Dan Moseley. Copyright © 2010 by Dan Moseley. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How have losses opened up new space for you? Share your thoughts.
On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!
Mark 6:2, NRSV
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This week we remember Thomas (July 3).
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