One of the things that is causing so many of us pain in these days is the sense that divisions between citizens of our country have deepened, that we don’t know our neighbors and we can’t seem to bridge the gap. We seem to have lost the ways we once knew, of moving past disagreements about social or political beliefs to build relationships that were still good.
It might be that you recognize the tensions in the world around you, but that you can still live your life just fine. You avoid talking to strangers more than you used to; or you back away from really digging into a conversation with your friend or cousin because it’s better to skim the surface than to offend someone.
Is this the kind of life that God intends for us? One full of polite pleasantries but sparse in deep and layered relationships? It may be that, by the voices of prophets old and new, God might be calling us to invest more in the people around us.
Image: Newgrange, Ireland