The Love of Friends

August 3rd is Esther Day, and this week, we ask you to reflect on these words from Esther Earl:

“The point of it all is to love friends completely and utterly, at their best and worst, and to love more than just the good things. It’s about showing that you’re willing to accept them for whatever they are, that they should not feel insecure or self-conscious in your presence, which can be a hard task to achieve.”
Esther Earl, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

Of course, this is how we build our congregations; loving the people who chose to work towards the same goals and covenant to work towards the same Principles. The third Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association is

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

…but there is no reason that we, as individuals, shouldn’t embrace this as a goal in our lives outside of our congregations. We can choose to accept people in any part of our lives who have shown us love, and we can encourage them, even through their worst. If you have people such as this in your life, reach out to them this week and tell them they are loved. It may be awkward, but there is no better time to tell them than now. We don’t always know when someone will need to know a thing like that.

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