“Why do you want to live tomorrow? It is because there is some one who loves you, and whom you want to see tomorrow, and be with and love back.” from Henry Drummond’s The Greatest Thing in the World
Disarmed by Love was started because in fact, a very small group of life-giving friends, who have never met each other reached out to me with Love and showed me that my life was worth living. Only one of them has a blog and it will be one of the ones listed here.
Five Blogs that I read regularly
“God, help us love each other as family – that we would freely open our homes to each other and serve each other as Jesus served those He called His brothers and sisters when He walked the earth. Again and again, we need to forgive each other well and show grace to each other…” a part of a prayer that I’ve prayed and experienced through my brothers and sisters of Emmaus City Church
The sending church for Emmaus City Church in Worcester is Sacred Journey in Providence RI. Evan Whitman wrote on church planting, “Immerse yourself in the demographic culture that you will be serving. Get to know the people and be involved with others lives before you plant. Try and meet the needs of people long before you plant. Be proactive and engaged. If you think you are going to “parachute drop” in from another part of the country and be effective without first getting to know the culture you are sorely mistaken, especially in New England, and primarily Rhode Island. Being in the workforce prior to planting has served well for two planters that I know intimately.” We have had the honor of worshipping with and receiving the love of our “southern” brothers and sisters at Sacred Journey Church
Loving the people of the LGBTQ community is the posture that all Christians ought to have. Unfortunately, that is not the case more often than not and to our shame. However, there is hope and one ministry that is leading the way, started right here in MA is Lead Them Home. “We need to publicly apologize for the way the Church has often treated LGBT persons. Then, we should share the Gospel in a personal and authentic way that does not drive people away from Jesus, but rather attracts them toward the Savior who loves them as much as He loves us. We must be honest about our own imperfections so that it is clear we are not judging them. Above all, we should listen to their stories and seek to understand LGBT people and their needs. In short, we should encounter them in the same spirit with which Christ encounters us.” taken from “Our Vision” at Lead Them Home
Since I am a woman and I do read one of the contributing writers on a semi-regular basis, I thought that I would give a plug for the larger group of women as opposed to just one writer. The website which is includes a blog is basically women loving and encouraging women and it is true, women can be mean. And the truth is we need each other. “When we asked ourselves what kind of place we were building, we finally came to see it as a bit like a beach house. It’s that place where you can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with girlfriends, and hear God’s voice through our shared, broken, beautifully redeemed every day stories. It’s the place where you’re always welcome, just the way you are.” from their story at (in)courage
Finally, one of the sisters who kidnapped me back in 2004, Lisa writes about life in such an engaging way. It is like we are sitting down having a chat over coffee. I appreciate my truly southern sister. Lisa’s story is unfolding slowly on her blog, everytime I visit I want more because Lisa knows how to transport you to places like Romania where they adopted one of their gang of kids. “Eight months old. This baby, though, sits like a sack of beans, like one of those beanie-baby animals, and her arms lie limp at her sides like a one-month-old. The eyes, however. They are looking at Lisa, right into her eyes. She’s alive, thinks Lisa; she’s curious. But man, does she stink….” from Earthy No Longer