T-minus 3060 minutes

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’ But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor? Luke 10:25-29

I will be proclaiming my love and entering into covenant with Mere Saturday at 4:00 pm [CST].

I am excited about this. I am nervous about this. I am nervous about this. This morning I woke up and feel run down. I have an ick in my chest I hope goes away. I feel like my to-do-list is longer than I can manage. I feel like I am forgetting something, something big. I have never felt like this before.

I am hoping that it means I am normal and that all is well as well as can be.

In this moment I read Luke 10:25-29. I can dig the loving God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength. I can dig on the part about loving my neighbor as myself. I also wonder who my neighbor is.

This returns me to the dilemma of the other. In the midst of this busy scheduled time I am still responsible to the other, to my neighbor.

Am I loving my neighbor as myself in these moments? Where does my neighborhood begin and end?

What is the extent of my loving obligation? How do I love with all my heart, soul, and strength?

This I wrestle with. This I fail in. This I wonder…I think this is connected to the individual boot strap pulling up nature of our American culture. I want to recover the idea of community and togetherness. I want to give up personal rights and freedoms to be a part of a community that is genuinely invested in the collective enterprise of service and self sacrifice to their neighbor. I want to be a part of the Kingdom of God.

3 thoughts on “T-minus 3060 minutes

  1. Marriage and the other… this was my paper topic for Bill’s class. Definitely some issues to explore here: what is the relationship between marriage and all the other neighbors?

  2. Just get through the wedding then you can worry about your neighbor (the other). It’ll all be here on Monday, trust me. This time is for you and Mere. We all have times that are sacred to us and ours. It’s ok!! Right now it’s just important for you two. It’s a beautiful, scary and intended rite of passage. Don’t be distracted by those of us you may or may not see. 3060 minutes will pass, regardless of your marriage, so don’t waste a minute of it on anything else!!!!

  3. And, I want to add, I think the collective enterprise is only made stronger by those that are committed to each other, and right now you’re committing to marriage. Now there will be two where there was one. Enough said I’ll shut up. I’m excited for you two!

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