When we see others as part of us, as connected, as interdependent, then there is no challenge we cannot face together (Archbishop Desmond Tutu – The Book of Joy. p. 100) The most simplest of needs is Love and in the palm of it’s hand is connectedness. From birth, it’s all the infant child really needs to know. So it’s safe to say that how we experience and respond to the world is related to how we receive love and how we are connected. Both words require “the other”, someone else, a relationship. To be loved and connected is not the same as being dependent. It is love that encourages us that we can be all that God has called us to be and connectedness that strengthens us because we know that we are not alone. Dependency doesn’t give us that much freedom. It becomes a fallback, not altogether bad, that is until we realize that we’ve remained back. Yet if we fall back to Love, it won’t allow us to remain back. Love will thrust us forward to try again without letting us go. Lord, let your love sown in me be the love I sow in others and may we always be forever connected by your Love.