Bless the Differences between Us

Monday, September 1

9-1By Dianna Vanderkarr of Charlotte, Michigan, USA

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you.

—Isaiah 26:3 NRSV

As I drove to work the other day I noticed the fall colors and their brilliance. The trees displayed different colors and shapes. I sensed the trees as people.

They are beautiful and perfect until we start cutting at them to make them fit our properties and roads. A tree in the city often is severely pruned to fit around a utility line, leaving a gaping hole in its beautiful canopy of leaves.

How many people do we try to prune to make them fit our property line—our comfort zone? How often do we try to change their shape for our own idea of political correctness and peace?

Forgive us, God, and open our eyes again to see the Worth of All Persons whom you created as different, colorful, and brilliant.

It does not put my soul to rest
to reveal another’s sin.
Nor does it quiet my conscience—
that raging fire within
when I point out another’s fault
it takes none away from me.
It is only through compassion
we set each other free.

—Peggy Michael

 Prayer for Peace Creator God, help us trust in you to form your people the way you would have them be. Help us employ only compassion, knowing we, ourselves, are not perfect. Help us be at peace and find unity with the differences we meet each day.

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 not only will accept differences, but embrace them.

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  1. Deb Crowley

     /  1 September 2014

    Thanks, Dianna. I love the poem…puts things in perspective in a very understandable way.

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