Scripture of the Day
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (
This promise comes after a very specific set of steps by which two members of the church might resolve their differences. While it is often used humorously when worship or committee attendance is light, this passage speaks more forcefully to God’s deep desire that we not be in competition and conflict with each other. For all humanity’s progress intellectually and technologically, emotionally we remain in many of the same reactive patterns. But what if we could stop the paralyzing silence and talk productively with one another? What if we could cross the gridlock partisan divide and share our hearts more honestly?
Holy Spirit, come. We gather eagerly awaiting your help to reconcile our differences. We gather afraid to hope that you might bridge this expanse. Encourage us to speak directly with our adversary. Encourage us to bring a friend, if necessary. Bless us with a community able to help us both appreciate each other. And, if it comes to no fruit, then let the relationship be given over to your care. Amen.