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Can I Get an Amen?

* Trigger Warning: Love is spoken about in this controversial post. Read at your own discretion *


Tom and I went to listen to an inspirational speaker at church the other night. That should have been the first red flag.


Don’t get me wrong. I love my faith. I also look at Catholicism as a buffet where I consume what fills my spirit, question what I don’t agree with, and leave the rest. Fundamentally and to my very core, I believe that the Jesus loves all people, and when I say all, I don’t just mean some. I mean: ALL the people. I will just set that down there, and let you pick up the many things that I am not saying :)


This speaker, who is very well known and shall remain nameless, immediately held the audience captive with his charisma and energy, jumping from spot to the next like he was playing an invisible game of “the floor is hot lava”. He worked the room with equal parts eye contact, energy and good looks. He would drop a truth bomb and then rhetorically ask the congregation, “Can I get an “Amen?”


I took notes, “Wow, the Catholic church is becoming progressive.”


His message rang true: live from gratitude, practice self love, and stay in community. Yes to all of that.


Next, he shared how he and comedian Ricky Gervais, who happens to be an Atheist, got into it on social media. As the well known speaker (who also had lunch with Mel Gibson, by the way) explained ALL of the reasons that there is a God to Ricky Gervais, I sat thinking to myself, if Ricky Gervais doesn’t believe in God, he probably has a good reason. Who are we to convince him otherwise? It’s a battle that will never have a winner. How about we just show up in Love? Meaning, you do you, boo. For many, the very word, God, is a trigger. To that I say, I feel you.


So I come to you asking for just one little favor, but we will need to do it together okay?

No matter how we believe, let’s simply act in Love. Let’s keep showing up in Love like we mean it. And when we don’t know what to do next, let’s simply ask ourselves, “What would Love have us do today?” Hugs are not required, but highly encouraged.


Tom and I went to listen to an inspirational speaker at church the other night. That should have been the first red flag.


Don’t get me wrong. I love my faith. I also look at Catholicism as a buffet where I consume what fills my spirit, question what I don’t agree with, and leave the rest. Fundamentally and to my very core, I believe that the Jesus loves all people, and when I say all, I don’t just mean some. I mean: ALL the people. I will just set that down there, and let you pick up the many things that I am not saying :)


This speaker, who is very well known and shall remain nameless, immediately held the audience captive with his charisma and energy, jumping from spot to the next like he was playing an invisible game of “the floor is hot lava”. He worked the room with equal parts eye contact, energy and good looks. He would drop a truth bomb and then rhetorically ask the congregation, “Can I get an “Amen?”


I took notes, “Wow the Catholic church is becoming progressive.”


His message rang true: live from gratitude, practice self love, and stay in community. Yes to all of that.


Next, he shared how he and comedian Ricky Gervais, who happens to be an Atheist, got into it on social media. As the well known speaker (who also had lunch with Mel Gibson, by the way) explained ALL of the reasons that there is a God to Ricky Gervais, I sat thinking to myself, if Ricky Gervais doesn’t believe in God, he probably has a good reason. Who are we to convince him otherwise? It’s a battle that will never have a winner. How about we just show up in Love? Meaning, you do you, boo. For many, the very word, God, is a trigger. To that I say, I feel you.

So I come to you asking for just one little favor, but we will need to do it together okay?


No matter how we believe, let’s simply act in Love. Let’s keep showing up in Love like we mean it. And when we don’t know what to do next, let’s simply ask ourselves, “What would Love have us do today?” Hugs are not required, but highly encouraged.


I See You Fighting for Love Little Sparkler,

Michelle

* No Catholics were harmed in the creation of this post *


* Also, I have found that it's a good idea to look up sometimes *


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