Love urges us to share what we’ve learned and what we’ve experienced. We are compelled to give to the loved one more than may be needed. Love does that! I, through these letters, share with You an opening and outpouring of heart that, if shared with others, might be labeled “more than is needed.” Yet. If one thinks in terms of “evangelization,” my love for others should compel me to share what I write here not only with You but with others. I am but one witness with one individual perspective on life; but as a witness love should move me to bear witness by sharing what I know and see.
Spiritual author, Henri Nouwen, has said even though our journeys may be hidden, they should not become private. I’ve used this as a rationale for sharing these letters. Yet, if I was to take the role of a detached reader I’m not sure they’d have much interest. When I re-read them they are very meaningful for me; but it strikes me that in the eyes of another they might be considered too personal or private. This thought puts a restraint on my interest to share them, yet I still hope to do so in the interest that something in them might benefit the journey of someone else. I would hope that whoever might read them now, or when I’m gone, might find in them at least some “spark” for the quest that might send them in new directions on their own journeys.
We want so much that others feel as we do, but this is impossible. We want especially those closest to us to feel this way, but they are so close they see our flaws more clearly and are put off by the hypocrisy of what we have to offer. What is there of myself that I can leave others? What in my life makes it a gift to You? At this point in my life the answer would seem to be: “that which I have witnessed;” and I record that regularly in my letters to You. I take a great deal from what I read about the journeys of others. Much of it is synthesized in these letters to You. I think this is a process gone through by many of the writers I read. To take in the witness of others most definitely affects the spiritual condition of our humanity. Love wants to give what it is able to give.