“Love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t mean that I must learn to love myself before I can love others: it recognizes that, even if I despise or hate myself, I already do love myself.
Although what I am experiencing is only a superficial reflection of my own face, I perceive it as the face of God, the reflection of the divine within.
It took a very long time for me to recognize and begin to accept that the primary law of the spiritual life is simply this: “it’s not about me.”
If love flows through us, then we can’t possess it. And if love flows through us, then we can’t take credit for allowing it to do so.
Vocal ministry about the relative unimportance of special spiritual experiences.
Abiding in worship’s deep silence, our moral certainties suspended in trusting openness to the spirit that was in Jesus, we experience judgment in truth here and now.
Part 5, “Vocal Ministry,” of Section II (“The Life of the Spirit”) of Quaker Faith & Practice for the 21st Century.