I received the email below … today, I think. Maybe yesterday. (God, how sad is it that I don’t even know which? But lately I’ve been writing pretty much around the clock, so you know how sometimes that can end up trashing the whole time thing.) I wanted to share it for no particular reason—except that it occasioned in my brain something like a happy, unexpected little vacation. And who wants to go on vacation alone?
You guys do an amazing job on this blog. This is for you. And for me. And for everyone out there who day in and day out, in a million little ways, fights, struggles, argues and (even) suffers for nothing more dramatic than the simple truth that in the final analysis all anyone in the world ever really wants, and ever really needs, is love.
Though I do not know if I’d consider myself Christian, I read your site regularly, and love it. I’ve recently had chance to refer to it rather a lot, as I’d been in a week-long FB conversation about homosexuailty and same-sex marriage. Though I didn’t expect to change her mind, I was impressed as, over the course of the week, we both managed to stay civil, kind, and (I thought) really listen to each other. Unfortunately, yesterday as I asked her to step back out of the religious realm and into the political, things went downhill, and it ended in rather a mess. It makes me sad that this woman now feels I was judging and hating her, when it’s quite the opposite.
Anyhow, I have decided then that, instead of being upset or angry, I would share with all my friends how much I love them and am thankful that they are in my life. I wanted to let you know how very thankful I am to have found you, and your blog, where I can always trust to come and find a thoughtful, intelligent, and kind discussion of religion, where it seems that people really do care about what I know as the core of Christianity—loving oneself, each other, the church, and Christ. Thank you for being here.