Two for the taking

Here are a couple of videos that I’ve come across in the past week. They’re very different, but they both invite us to look outside ourselves and consider-to consider the intertwined lives of humanity and the things that we share in common. Hope you enjoy them! More tomorrow about this week…it’s been amazing!

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Best Friends

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Ponda apa nane ndipondepo.

A Chichewa phrase describing best friends that roughly translated, says “Walk in front of me so I can walk there too,” and carries the connotations of stepping in the footsteps of the one in front of you, walking in sync. It’s such a great way to describe our relationship with God. Or at least what it could be.

Creatures | The Creature Book

Creatures | The Creature Book.

I know it’s been awhile since this came out, and that there’s been other amazing projects like Flower and Bird. But I love the beautiful simplicity of this project-at least the beautiful simplicity of the resulting photographs. The time that went into this project must have been vast. But imagine the joy and challenges of being able to see and work with such a variety of creatures! If these books had been around when I was young, I would have checked them out, over and over again from the library, just to gaze in admiration and wonder.

Hospitality

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Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest. It is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.

Every good relationship between two or more people, whether it is friendship, marriage, or community, creates space where strangers can enter and become friends. Good relationships are hospitable. When we enter into a home and feel warmly welcomed, we will soon realise that the love among those who live in that home is what makes that welcome possible.

When there is conflict in the home, the guest is soon forced to choose sides. “Are you for him or for her?” “Do you agree with them or with us?” “Do you like him more than you do me?” These questions prevent true hospitality – that is, an opportunity for the stranger to feel safe and discover his or her own gifts. Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest. It is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.

True Hospitality ~ Henri Nouwen

(via Rita Pretorius)