The Wisdom of Patricia Paiwonski

God wants us to be Happy and He told us how: ‘Love one another!’ Love a snake if the poor thing needs love. Love thy neighbor…. And by ‘love’ He didn’t mean a namby-pamby old-maid love that’s scared to look up from a hymn book for fear of seeing a temptation of the flesh. If God hated flesh, why did He make so much of it? God is not sissy. He made the Grand Canyon and comets coursing through the sky and cyclones and stallions and earthquakes–can a God who can do all that turn around and practically wet His pants just because some little sheila leans over a mite and a man catches a sight of…? You know better, hon–and so do I! When God told us to love, He wasn’t holding out a card on us; He meant it. Love little babies that always need changing and love strong, smelly men so that there will be more babies to love–and in between go on loving because it’s so good to love!

Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Author: Jason

Rev. Jason Wells is the executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. Prior to this position he served Episcopal congregations in New Hampshire for 13 years after his ordination in 2004. Jason is also a board member of the ACLU-NH. He is a former president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and has served on the Episcopal Church's committee on ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Jason received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and also holds bachelors degrees in computer science and mathematics from Southern Methodist University.