2B. that where there is hatred, I may bring love

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace –

that where there is hatred, I may bring love –

I have learned from Howard Thurman about the personal and systemic realities of hatred. Thurman offers clarity about hatred’s progress: contact without fellowship; unsympathetic understanding; ill will; hatred. Thurman also recognizes hatred’s usefulness to those who bear it, sometimes justifiably; but within that hatred is a logic of self destruction. As hatred strips the humanity of others from our view, it permits the worst of behaviors towards them. This is a defensive strategy for the oppressed, and an offensive strategy for the powers.

Howard, in Jesus and the Disinherited:


To bring love to this location of hatred – to do the work of fellowship, sympathy, harboring good will, bringing love – Howard offers: worship together.

John 2:13-22

I’m writing short reflections on the Franciscan peace prayer through Lent. The series begins with 1A, right over here.

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One response to “2B. that where there is hatred, I may bring love

  1. Thank you! Reminds me of Tasha’s TEDTALK: her stopping to get to know the homeless man she passed on her way to work instead of giving him something.

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