Different, but the Same

1-2By Talitha Pennington of Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA

…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 

Isaiah 2:4    

If we were alike,
perhaps we would greet each other
with a bored, “ho-hum” and hurry on by.
I am glad we are so
delightfully different.
I won’t hurry by—I must get to know you.

Peggy Michael
Cantonment, Florida, USA

 I recall one of the most powerful images I have from a recent trip. I remember my 3-year-old granddaughter, Anna, holding hands with another little girl exactly her size as we toured an ostrich farm in Curaçao. The two were physically different: Anna has fair skin and long, blonde hair; her companion had darker skin and long, dark hair.

 They spoke different languages, so all communication with each other was non-verbal. Yet they connected instantly and radiated pure joy in being together, hand in hand, every chance they had.

Watching them brought me joy. How much greater must be divine joy when God sees humans holding hands, literally or figuratively, and celebrating our “being together” despite our differences.

 Prayer for Peace
God of every nation, every planet, thank you for the diversity of people. Thank you for our unique features and gifts. May we use them to share Christ’s peace.

 Spiritual Practice: Honoring the Worth of Persons
Read Psalm 139:13–18. Sit quietly and let the words sink deeply into your mind, heart, and body. Imagine God watching you grow in your mother’s womb. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child. Be aware of the sacred worth of each person. How are you invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

 Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look beyond outward appearance to discover similarities I never imagined.

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