I did a quick internet search for "living into community with all that has life" and I came across a blog written by an individual by the name of Eberhard Arnold. While I experienced more than a few very meaningful points of resonation as I read his article, the words that stood out the most to me were the following:
"Only when we are empty and open to the Living One – to
the Spirit – can he bring about the same life among us as he did among
the early Christians."
It is true that as I seek to live into community with all that has life in Jesus' name it is important for me to obtain and apply vital biological, ecological and scientific knowledge and information; but at the start and in every moment throughout this commitment to live into community with all that has life in Jesus' name it is critical that I have a heart that is empty and open to the Spirit of God. It is the Spirit of God who sets my heart ablaze with love for all of life in its many diverse forms and expressions and it is the same Spirit who motivates and inspires me to go about this work that God is doing among us.
I invite you to read the full article that inspired me to write this short couple of paragraphs by following the link below:
Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.