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Weekly Devotional

The Path We Are On

Reflection by Pam Emslie

I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them.  I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them. 

Since the election, I feel like I am on a road I do not know.  I imagine you feel the same way too.  It doesn’t matter which presidential candidate received your vote, we are all on a new, unrecognizable path, traveling together with a deeply divided nation.   One of the most challenging parts of our collective journey is knowing how to talk to family and friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances who have differing points of view.

I experienced this first hand when I got together last Friday night with a close childhood friend whose political views differ from mine.  There was no polite political silence – we are too close.  Our discussion went back and forth like a tennis match.  We both wanted to be heard but neither of us listened deeply enough to understand the other.  Listening to understand is different than listening for your next cue.  This was a new bumpy road for us and we were going nowhere.  (A wise person once told me, “no one ever wins an opinion argument.”)

But people of Village Church, while the road our nation is on right now is rough and rocky, the Christian path we are on hasn’t changed.  We know that God is God, and we are God’s people.  We know a loving, forgiving and justice seeking God as we follow Jesus. We know that God created all life, including you and me and my childhood friend.  We know that God does not leave anyone behind. 

This knowledge is deep and wide.  It is expansive.  It is transforming.  It is our freedom.  It forms us and it calls us forward.  It is the life of faith we share.  Look to God.  Trust in God to guide us forward together.  God will not forsake us. 

My childhood friend and I will meet again.   And, when we do, I want to see HER standing in front of me, and let the knowledge and wisdom of my faith listen to understand. God’s transforming love will guide and inspire us forward.  May it be so! 

Prayer:  God of light, help us to seek your light in every person, and give us the wisdom to listen to understand so that we may help heal the wounds of division and draw close.  We pray in Jesus name.  Amen.

 

 

 

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