Common Ground

Wednesday, May 7

5-7By Flo McDonald of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace…

—Colossians 1:19–20 NRSV

I witnessed what it means to have harmony amid adversity. Not long ago I attended a celebration dinner for a family member who had achieved a goal in education. The attendees were uncomfortable because of past conflicts. They were there because of the young man—a perfect opportunity for reconciliation and making peace.

In the beginning, there was an air of hostility and withdrawal. The young man didn’t notice, and he thoroughly enjoyed his family being together in his honor. Before the evening was over, everyone was talking, taking pictures, and visiting as old friends.

I looked at those around the table and noticed the congeniality. I thanked God for love and blessing. I knew this happened because God was at work during that time. It came about because of our common love—love for the young man grew into love for all who loved him. We came together, and love found its way to the table.

Thanks be to God for continual and many blessings of joy, hope, love, and peace—and for allowing me to see the possibilities of harmony amid adversity.

Prayer for Peace

Reuniting God, open our hearts so love may come in. Help us find common ground and with it, peace.

Spiritual Practice: Pursue Peace on Earth
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a. Reflect on how you can “see violence but proclaim peace…feel conflict, yet extend the hand of reconciliation…encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.” What does the peace of Christ mean to you?

Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom. What act of justice or peacemaking does God invite you to pursue this day? Dwell on these words of pursuit: see, proclaim, feel, extend, encounter, find.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pursue peace by overlooking differences.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Palmer

     /  7 May 2014

    Great article! This has been a quest of mine of sorts for the past 11 years. I have been attempting to break down walls and divisions which separate through my motorcycle ministry. Progress has been made where I stand on common ground and “Proclaim Jesus Christ”. Loving those who appear to hate us requires putting God first. Jimmy Munson has shared similar testimonies. Trust you God and believe in his promises. In time, you will be blessed for your efforts.


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