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Sonja Andrews on The Good News

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. Sonja’s local newspaper is the Manassas Journal Messenger. Here is Sonja Andrews on the Good News.

THE GOOD NEWS

I talk to a lot of people. I like that. My favorite thing is to get them talking about themselves. Here’s why: When people talk about their dreams and aspirations a wonderful smile comes across their face and they begin to glow. It doesn’t matter what walk of life they come from, everyone does this. I love that look, so on days when I have time and space I chase that look. I’ve discovered a certain commonality about these hopes and dreams, a thread that runs through them. Most people have a desire within them to change the world, or their corner of it, in some way for the better. They want to weave beauty in place of brokenness.

I’m constantly amazed by that. My personal (and not-terribly-informed) opinion is that this desire to better our condition is one of the things that sets humans apart from animals. We have the ability to process information in such a away that we can see past, present and future. We can see what is, imagine both better and worse and effect change in either direction. It is not simply the creation of tools to make life easier that sets us apart, but their use for a better life and the idea that we can define “better” that sets us apart from the animal kingdom.

So how do I change the world? Or my corner of it? In the simplest possible terms, I believe that the world is changed through love. There is no other way to change the broken ways we see around us. We know now that we cannot change anyone but ourselves, and the only thing left to do is change ourselves and love others. It seems a lofty goal. And it is. It’s a lifetime achievement; worked on painstakingly day in and day out.

Yet it is no burden because I am not given a job to do, but life to live, hopes to realize, dreams to aspire to. I am given love so that I may give it away and the more I give away, the more comes to me and the more I have to give. This cycle is mysterious and wonderful, yet ancient. It is not the creation of ” …. a bearded bachelor in the sky [who] requires beings on this green rock to devote to a gruesome and primitive spiritual concept of human sacrifice for our ‘salvation.'” as one respected friend wrote.

It is Love Divine and Everlasting that gave a Son to show the way of love for us. A love so great that it will lay down it’s life rather than defend it for enemies. And so I wonder about how that love will change the world. I see it each day in the shoulders and tissues we give to each other when pain comes knocking. I see it in the lives of men and women devoted to children not their own except by choice. I see it in the devotion of those who bring fresh water to poor villages throughout the world.

How do we change the world? By taking the Love Divine that has been given to us and returning it each to another every day. Love will change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has.

Sonja Andrews is a daughter of Eve, granddaughter of Sarah, mother, daughter, wife, sister, quilter, fiber artist, writer and blogger who occasionally homeschools her children. She can be found on-line at Calacirian (her blog), Missional Tribe, and Needle In Peace. She Twitters, she FaceBooks, she Flickrs and generally fritters her life away on the computer according to the old curmudgeons who don’t understand. She is a 13 generation New Englander transplanted to Virginia and this creates some consternation on occasion, but it may explain the hockey obssession. Welcome to her world. You can contact her at snnandrews at gmail dot com.


2 Responses to Sonja Andrews on The Good News

  1. Dustin James says:

    Sonja, it sounds like you’re a good listener. There is a quote (I can’t remember who by at the moment) that says, “Listening is so close to loving that the two are nearly inseparable.” (loosely quoted)

    It sounds like you’re changing the world with listening, loving ears.

  2. jrwoodward says:

    Sonja,

    Thanks for painting the picture of the circle of love, and helping us realize that what we sow we reap. It is so true that have been given “a life to live, hopes to realize and dreams to aspire to.” I’m reminded of the words of John, we love because he first loved us. Thanks for helping us remember that at the center of our story is the Divine Romance.

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