Friday, April 30, 2010

love one another

This Sunday's gospel reading is from John 13
in which Jesus gives us a new commandment
to love one another, as he has loved us.
And what does that really look like in our daily life?
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone;
it has to be made, like bread,
remade all the time, made new”

Ursula Le Guin

4 comments:

Evelyn said...

I like this thought, Roberta! Baking bread, all the kneading and then waiting patiently for the bread to rise..... I can't MAKE the bread rise, can I? That takes willingness, creating the best conditions I can, and then just trusting. Oh, and yes, the bread that was made last week...... won't do for today! Thank you for your blog, Roberta!

ROBERTA said...

dear evelyn,

thank you for your insightful response! when i chose this quote i looked at lots of photos of bread just sitting on tables and they left me cold until i saw this one of the man kneading the dough - and bingo! there was something about his hands being "in" the dough that spoke to the action of love...to the work of love...and as you describe it so well - to the work of God in letting the dough rise......and reminding myself to trust and keep my hands out of it!!! thanks for helping me see more - i'm grateful that we are connected in this community of bloggers.

roberta

Jan said...

I love this. I used to bake bread often, but that dwindled as my children grew up. I heard about a new book on NPR this morning by a man who baked 52 loaves trying to make the "perfect" one--even growing, thrashing, grinding his own wheat, making his own yeast, and putting it in a handmade oven.

Vicki said...

Amish Friendship Bread is the latest thing some of us at work got involved in. I'm on my second starter now.