Were some of you confused by my reflection title? It’s a quote by Dr. Brené Brown.
Dr. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston; she has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. She is the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. I have read all but the last one, which is sitting on a table at home waiting to be read.
What does that have to do with the readings you ask? It has to do with how we live in relationship with one another. If I asked you to name the most important thing in your life, what would your answer be?
The congregation responded with family.
Family… or relationships…
And what is at the heart of family and relationships?
The congregation responded with ‘love.’
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