Speaker: Vince Klassen
In the famous video for the 1990 smash hit Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor expresses the sadness of a breakup. But she does more than that…
She gives language to the sadness that exists all around us.
The sadness in our partners and friends, our family and colleagues, all the people who have had loss.
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But as we look at her pouring out all that sadness, are we repelled by her emotions? Do we want to pull away from the sadness all around us? Or do we know how to create profound connections through sadness?
For many years, I had no clue what to do with sadness, never mind be able to create connection. But that famous line from Jesus haunts me in those moments:
Love your Neighbor
Love your neighbor when they are angry, and scared, full of awe, and yes, even when they are sad.
Do we know how to love our neighbor, our family and friends, when they are sad? Do we know how to create connection when there are tears? Do we know how to love the people around us regardless of what they are feeling?
This is the final week of our series the Spirituality of Emotions where we have explored the spiritual practice of creating connection through emotions that we are not very comfortable with.
It has created so much learning in me as I have started to learn to love the people around me, even when they are feeling emotions that I don’t really like. I feel like I’m starting to understand the profundity of Jesus’ words.
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