I. Vows of Affirmation
“We devote our daily life to God, and to serving our neighbors as images of God”
- I will live, speak and act with courtesy, respect, and honesty toward friend and enemy, neighbor and stranger.
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There is a growing set of true stories sharing surprising outcomes to encounters with a violent enemy. One goes like this: A couple is asleep in their bed-and-breakfast home. As a man with a knife crawled in the open window, the wife awakens to see him approaching through the dark. As he nears she speaks out, “You can kill us, but first let me make you a cup of coffee.” The startled intruder gradually accepts the offer and over a hot cup decides against his original violent plans.