Come Together

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“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

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Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books at the links following the scripture reflection below. Thank you!

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John 15:12-13

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

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For Jesus, love was the bottom line.

It sums up his entire ministry.

Jesus laid down his life for the sake of others.

He laid down ego-driven, self-centered desires, in order to serve others.

He healed the sick, comforted the marginalized, and stood up to all government and religious leaders who oppressed others.

Jesus did this through non-violence.

When you truly love, you see all dividing lines as human constructs that stand in the way of the unity that God sees.

This unity, what Jesus called the kingdom of God, is what he wanted to bring about on this earthly plain.

For this to happen, it’ll take our cooperation.

Each of us is being called to take part.

As Jesus went on to say, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16).

How do we get beyond the low-level of consciousness that simply divides everything into either being in or out, either black or white?

How do we use our gifts and talents to work for a more compassionate and inclusive society that extends God’s love to all people and all of creation?

It takes letting go of all the pursuits that lead us away from this goal.

Some form of meditation such as Centering Prayer is a good way to practice letting go so that this “way of being” seeps into our everyday lives.

Then, one day, you may find that in the process of losing your old self, you are finding your true self.

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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