Violence is a Profound Forgetting

In a spiritual sense, violence is a profound forgetting. It is a forgetting of the past--that I have been created for a purpose by a God who wholly knows me and at the same time wondrously, wholly loves me. It is a forgetting of the present--that I am a child of God, that these others around me are my brothers and sisters, also created, known and loved by God. And it is a forgetting of the future--that God is drawing all things together into a profound and peaceable unity, where there is a place for everyone in a harmony of God's composing.

--Samuel Wells & Marcia A. Owen, from Living Without Enemies

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