Wednesday December 7, 2016 Unity

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  Ephesians 4:3-6

Normally, like hangs with like…  you never see a duck flying with geese or a wolf in a den with foxes.  That is why human beings stand out in a segmented world.  Our species is all humanoid but the differences are amazing to see.  Sizes, colors and temperaments are as varied as snowflakes.  The importance of diversity is discussed almost ad nauseum.  BUT there is so much that unifies us and brings people together.  If you bring 50 women together in a room and give them a couple of hours to chat something amazing happens.  When the time comes to an end, there will be many small groups where commonality is found…  pregnant women always are the first to gather together because their unifying identity is obvious.  The working women migrate together and share about issues of balance, bosses and glass ceilings.  Those who are moms begin to regale one another with stories of kids and the mature women of the group discuss issues of aging:  health, travel, grandchildren and spouses both alive and dead.  There are unifying issues that allows people to come together and find commonality.

In faith, God is the unifier.  My brothers and sisters in Christ share the journey to heaven and the love of the Lord.  If that is the center of lives, the other differences can be worked through and overcome.  That is how marriages and convents survive.  There is something bigger at work than shared meals or a love for TV or cards.  God creates in each of us a homing device that is spirit that allows us to recognize and attract those who are “brothers and sisters”.  The family of man needs the unity of the Spirit to survive and thrive because that bond of peace brings us together to support one another.  This summer when the Pulse shooting occurred, Orlando residents put aside their differences and created a united support to help each other find a new reality.   Safety and peace are something to work for and everywhere the show of love brought that out for anyone feeling the loss.  God has called me to oneness with His Son but also to a unity with His people.  Being called to unity is an important part of my faith.  It is the foundation of my hope for a better world when I can imagine that unity will prevail and each of us will recognize the great number of traits and factors that are the same, instead of focusing on the differences.  God is the unifier.  He is over all, through all and in all… how can I not recognize Him in everyone?

Lord help me to love others and grow in gentleness and patience.  Allow me to recognize YOU in the people I meet each day and see their similarity to YOU instead of focusing on their differences.    

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