Our Friendly Reflection this morning is a well-known phrase from William Penn: “Let us then try what Love will do,” reminding us that we have a choice in the way we think about, understand, and respond to the changing circumstances around us each day. Instead of responding with irritation or upset, boredom or resistance, we can pause for a moment and wonder what Love would do or say or think.
In response to fear, we can be calm.
In response to judgment which divides, we can look for God’s bigger understanding that unifies.
In response to dishonesty, we can be committed to acting with integrity.
In response to distrust and prejudice and objectification, we can intentionally sow seeds of trust, welcome, and reverent appreciation of “that of God” in everyone…and in *each* one, which is a bigger commitment, life by life.
Maybe just for today, Friends, with purpose and clarity, let us try what Love will do. We may discover, as William Penn found, that
“Let us then try what Love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Lawrel.”
And the true gain, the lasting blessing, is not for ourselves alone in terms of a more peaceful, God-centered life (although that does come) but in the experience of a restored order of peace to the world around us, bit by bit and day by day. When we are willing to try what Love will do, God’s blessings appear as unmistakable evidence of Love truly at work, as varied and abundant and as beautiful as the coming spring flowers.