WHAT UNITES US IS THE recognition that each of us stands in need of the healing love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We meet that Christ in powerful new ways in our communion with each other. When our churches, despite their best intentions, grow comfortable in separate enclaves – clustering with those most like us in income, race, ethnicity, education – we lose out on the experience of church that Jesus invites us to and Paul encourages.
Insulated from the lives, loves, and losses of those unlike us, unaware of the hopes and dreams, challenges and struggles of others, we miss a multitude of opportunities to be the one body of Christ. What can you do to reach out, in mutual ministry, to those most unlike yourself?
– Marian Wright Edelman
From page 174 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What can you do to reach out, in mutual ministry, to those most unlike yourself? Share your thoughts.
Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Jeremiah 18:6, NRSV
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta (September 5).
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