Brad and Wayne read through some excerpts from Thomas Merton's No Man Is An Island, which were quoted on Wayne's Blog a couple of weeks ago. In these stirring passages Merton talks about our fears that no one will love us and how they rob us of the beauty of relationships because we can no longer simply be who we are, but must resort to pretense in the desperate attempt to get others to love us. There is not a more poignant commentary on why most people have never tasted of the richness of sincere relationships with others. Then answer? Discovering how loved we are by God, even in the face of our brokenness and failures, so that we can live in his grace instead of our fears.