Uniting Words and Actions

Wednesday, February 19

Art work by Ken McLaughlin

Art work by Ken McLaughlin

By Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

—Ephesians 2:14

A good friend of another faith community needed some help in composing a greeting card for a special occasion. He phoned and asked if my husband would help write the words to express the feelings in his heart. He brought Christian daily reading books with examples of sentiments he wished to send.

It took time, but eventually they wrote a lovely card with beautiful thoughts and expressions.

“How much do I owe you?” he asked my husband. “Nothing but a smile,” was the answer.

“I can do better than that.” The two men held each other in a warm embrace.

“Thank you, brother.”

What deep meaning was in those words and actions! Two men representing different denominations lived as brothers in Christ. I have found many brothers and sisters along life’s way and am deeply grateful for the kinship through Christ, who binds us in love.

Today before our friend left for his home, we could share some of the readings from Daily Bread. He was keenly interested as he saw that each day includes scripture, a message, prayer, spiritual practice, and final challenge or covenant. How good it is when we can share our witness with friends in Christ.

Prayer for Peace
Help us build bridges, God, where once there were dividing chasms. Help us break down the walls that divide and open doors that exclude others. We are one in Christ. He is our peace.

Spiritual Practice: Welcoming Unity in Diversity
Meditate on Unity in Diversity. Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle.

Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Confess the dividing walls between you and people too different or “dangerous” to invite into your spiritual home. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep us from loving one another.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will remove the labels that I may harbor in my mind.

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  1. Carol Norris Vincent

     /  19 February 2014

    Merna, although we are half a world away from each other, I have always felt a close connection to you because of Daily Bread and the e-mail prayer chain that unites us. Thanks for these beautiful words today that remind us of our world family, joined together in Christ as brothers and sisters.

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