Am preaching about Friendship and the Kin(g)dom of God at Moot tomorrow night. This quote didn’t make the sermon text, but is a powerful description of the transforming power of friendship.
Joan Chittister writes,
“Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship. It allows the other to be the other. It puts no barriers where life should be. It does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be anything other than what they are. It simply opens its arms to hold the weary and opens its heart to hear the broken and opens its mind to see the invisible. Then, in the shelter of acceptance, a person can be free to be even something more” (Chittister 2006: 55)
I give thanks for the friends who make me braver, more hopeful, more loving, more fully human.