Friday, January 8, 2021

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” — Jesus Christ.

When I was young, politicians of different parties stood side by side leading this country together.

Republican Ronald Reagan and Democratic leader Tip O'Neill

I ask you all to pray with me that we return to that spirit of cooperation. If we continue to have leaders who will only stand with their own party, America might not make it.

In the Hebrew Bible it says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

In the Christian Bible it says: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

It's time to end the constant discord and come together as one. Union is strength, discord can only lead to defeat.

Pray with me:

In this century and in any century,
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer,
Is that we learn to listen.
May we listen to one another in openness and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May We listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe.
And in this listening,
Which is boundless in its beauty,
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With a healing spirit, a divine spirit
Who beckons us into peace and community and creativity.
We do not ask for a perfect world.
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.

- Jay McDaniel, Professor of Religion, Hendrix College, Arkansas

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