Simple Teachings, Barton’s Inspiration

March 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Ramblings | Leave a comment
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Walking down the road with Megan on my lap and a dog on either side invites many curious and inquisitive looks from others on the street. I’m always intrigued by the variety of expressions we witness. While there are always a number of polite nods and smiles, we almost always encounter genuine expressions of joy, surprise and at times a complete look of disgust.

While I am tempted many times to wonder what lies behind the mundane responses of those who simply smile and nod, I find that I am much more moved by those expressions of genuine emotion, whether positive or negative. I realize that within these expressions, lies a belief deeply held by that person which is either reaffirmed by our presence or challenged, a belief may even be changed in that moment. They are simply expressing that shift.

While nothing I can do can assure me that a reaction can yield a positive shift, I can only pray that they are touched by our love for one another. Even those who are externally repulsed by what they see, I would hope feel a glimmer of the love between Megan and I and begin to question their initial response.

I also find that it is within these reactions, both positive and negative, that I too, am given the opportunity to learn for within both responses, I am inspired to love more deeply. 

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