Bridge the Gap…Prevent the Gulf

Thursday, October 17

10-17By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind . . .

—Luke 6:27-28, 35

How much heartache could we prevent if we lived in the spirit of reconciliation? Many times we let a chance remark, which strikes us in the wrong way, fester. It becomes a “coldness” amid the warm companionship of the community. Often a healing comment could bridge the gap before it becomes a gulf in the relationship. We would not take offense if our companion reassured us that they intended no offense.

One of the most precious gifts of the gospel is the love and unity found in the companionship of the community. We should each take our share of the responsibility in preserving this precious gift of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit.

The Healing Touch
In anger I cried out,
“I am offended by my enemy.”
A quiet voice whispered to me,
“Do not judge them—love them instead.”
I then insisted,
“I tried to teach truth but they refused to listen,
so I went away.”
But my Lord pleaded,
“Bring them to me
and I will heal both of you.”

—Peggy Michael

Prayer for Peace
Great Healer, we would take care with the sensibilities of others. We would forgive as you forgive us. Thank you for that part of Christ’s mission which includes reconciliation and healing of the spirit. Thank you for helping us bridge gaps by sharing the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Weaving a Life
Hold (or imagine) a piece of patterned cloth. Examine it carefully. Notice the overlapping threads, the mingling of colors to form the design. Write a journal entry or meditate about the threads and patterns of your life. What design do you see? How does the life pattern you weave create justice and wholeness in God’s world? What new pattern is God calling you to weave?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will mend the small tear, before the garment is destroyed.

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