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Lenten Devotional – Day 24 – Why Can’t We All Agree?

Scripture Readings:  Genesis 49:2-50:14;   1 Corinthians 11:17-34;   Mark 8:1-10

“Oh, what’s the bottom line?” It’s easy to approach even our spirit-building readings in this manner in this so hectic, over-bearing world. We are filled with questions, disagreements on the most simplistic matters, as well as matters of great theology. Why can’t we all agree? Why in the world don’t you understand my point of view? Why can’t I see yours? Are we really listening?

1 Corinthians 11:18-19 reads, “For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”

I believe that we grow in compassion, in understanding, and in love by the sincere and deliberate search for the love and understanding that dwells in those around us. The Savior made this love available to everyone willing to make the effort. The seamstress who will never in her lifetime leave the community in which she was born, has available to her in the lives of the people she meets, the same opportunity to understand love and live into that gift as an ambassador who travels the world and engages the best educated of all on this planet.

The more diverse the opinions are, the greater the opportunity to find among us all the genuine. The challenge for this Lenten day, and for all of our Seasons, is to search out “the genuine” who are placed in our lives—and to become genuine ourselves. I believe God wants us to be real, the genuine love article. This is an opportunity available to every person to find that love and live it.

Prayer:  First and above all else compassionate God, we thank you for your love. Guide us in finding those who exemplify those traits of genuine love and compassion which we may lack. Teach us to listen to their love and let it become our own. Help us to find ways to show our love to those seeking to be genuine as well. In all things, let us be true to the person you need us to be. Caress our fears, make us bold in love, and bring us joyfully ever closer to your light. Amen.





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