Day 15: Pieces

Happy Friday and Day 15 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
So, since I’m getting a late blogging start this morning, I think I’ll probably aim for a shorter post here. We’ll see if that actually happens 🙂
Thought of the day (thanks to the 60 Day Peacemaker devotional): Anytime you don’t fully show up – give your whole self – be that by wearing a mask, avoiding conflict, or just not being present – you aren’t living in love.
I’m still not sure what to think about this.
I mean, we all wear masks, right?
Sometimes for me as a nine, I feel like my masks are loving people.
Refraining from saying thoughts and opinions keeps others from getting hurt – that’s love, right?
Diffusing conflict – that’s love, right?
Keeping small, insignificant details out of the story of me to save others heartache – that’s love, right?
But the author of the devotional put it this way:
Jesus models what conflict can look like in a healthy way.  He doesn’t avoid those who disagree with Him.  He doesn’t hide when people have difficult questions for Him.  But He also isn’t out to pick a fight.  He wants true peace for those He engages with.  He loves them enough to ask the hard questions, to speak the difficult truths, to have conflict.  With Jesus, conflict gets to be part of bringing about true peace, as long as the other party is willing to be changed.
He loves enough to ask hard questions, speak difficult truths, and have conflict.
This morning while I was getting around, one of my favorite songs by Steffany Gretzinger came on my Spotify playlist – Pieces.  (Okay, actually it came on twice: once in Spanish, once in English.  I won’t quote the whole song here, but I wanted to share a few of what I consider to be the most poignant lyrics:
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It hangs on every word we say

Your love’s not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure
You don’t give Your heart in pieces
And You don’t hide Yourself to tease us
Y’all.  This is the love the Father has for us.  It’s not fragmented and in pieces.  It’s not passive and disengaged.  Rather, He gave of Himself fully on the cross, and promises that active, unreserved, unrestrained love every day of our lives.

We are called to daily follow in the footsteps of Christ, as His servants, disciples, and dearly beloved children.  But how often do we fail to love as He has loved – giving our all to all and for all.

I’ll admit: I have no real idea how to live this out.
I love my masks – they feel like they protect others, and I know they protect me.
But, the more I ponder it, the more I believe that this is what the Father has called us to do.
To be willing to take off our masks – ask hard questions, speak difficult truths, and have conflict, all for the sake of love.
‘Til tomorrow,
PS: I realized as I was finishing this post that this could take on an entirely different meaning in the setting of COVID-19.  So, for complete clarity:
I completely endorse the wearing of physical masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  It has been proven that mass masking significantly decreases the likelihood of virus transmission among individuals.  This is how I personally know several doctors who have worked with patients for months at a time who are actively transmitting the virus, and have managed to remain healthy through it all.  They wear (often multiple) masks, practice proper hygiene, and wear other PPE as necessary when unable to maintain social distancing. This is not a political statement – this is a medical statement. For the sake of you, your family, and your neighbors – be kind and wear a (properly fitted, covering your mouth AND nose) mask!
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