J Walking

I’ve been stuck on and struck by a small part of one of Paul’s letters…. We’re in Ephesians (which, for some reason the spell check on Movable Type doesn’t recognize – along with Galations and MacBookAir) and in the 3rd chapter and somewhere around the 17th verse. Paul is in his famous prayer for the Ephesians… gorgeous, beautiful prayer.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

“…may have power… to grasp…the love of Christ, and to know this love….”
Power to grasp love.
Not power to beat up our enemies.
Not power to rule with an iron fist.
Not power to fuel the world.
Power to grasp love.
The poet Blake put it this way, “And we are put on earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love.”
Grasping love takes extraordinary strength and power because love – particularly unconditional love – strips us bear. We have nothing to give back to it because it demands nothing back. It demands no gift, no thanks, nothing.
This is the kind of power to which I want to aspire…. Actually it is the kind of power to which we all aspire whether we realize it or not.

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