Hi, everybody, Jen Hatmaker here, your host of the For the Love Podcast. Welcome to the show, you guys.
We are in just a delicious, delightful series called For the Love of Small Wins. Do you know what I’m saying? I don’t have to tell you that this year has been hard. You know. Every one of us lived on different wavelengths of change, and pain, and hardship. We’ve had times where like, “I’m just going to stay in bed, I’m going to hide under the covers,” instead of make the effort to just show up again. It’s hard. It is the hardest work to put yourself out there over, and over, and over. Because at some point, we get worn out, or we’re going to fall down, or something’s going to happen that we didn’t see coming, like the year 2020. But do you know who does show up? Ordinary heroes among us. Those are the ones who put their hand up and say, “I’ll go. Yes, put me in.”
They’re the healthcare workers that we see putting themselves in harm’s way every single day.
They’re the grocery store clerks, and truck drivers, and warehouse workers, who proved themselves to be absolutely essential, and reminded us why they should be paid and valued so much more than they are.
They’re the teachers, oh my gosh, the administrators, who took the reins of a school year that went absolutely galloping into the great unknown. They’re back in the saddle for the fall semester. It’s just they’re miracle workers.
It’s also our justice leaders who have taken to the streets and raised their voices and said, “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Say Her Name,” and, “Black Lives Matter.”
It’s the young people who volunteered to work the polls this fall, so that vulnerable older folks could sit this one out.
Today, we’re going to talk with someone who knows a thing or two about honestly what it means to be a hero, in maybe an unlikely way. Diana Oestreich is my guest today. When I tell you, you are going to be so delighted that you hit download today or that you’ve hit play on this podcast.
She is wonderful. She wears a lot of hats, first of all. She’s a military veteran, an activist, an author. She’s a sexual assault nurse, she’s also a part of Preemptive Love, which you’ve heard me talk about plenty of times before. It’s an amazing global organization working around the world to end war, and provide relief for places where there is such conflict. They run in when everyone else runs out.
Diana just released an amazing book called Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First. Wait until you hear this. You might not know where this is going, keep listening. I really want you to hear Diana’s story, because don’t you want to learn from people who are interested in waging peace? She is, you guys, she really is.
I’m honored to have met her. She’s a leader in faith, in peace, in justice. Her perception of love as a form of activism is just inspiring. I am so pleased and glad to share with you today, my conversation with the very wonderful Diana Oestreich.
Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode
Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First by Diana Oestreich
Diana’s Book Club + Waging Peace Manifesto
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