by Beth Bondurant

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing."

Even if it isn't exactly as you feel it should be...

being willing to stand together brings healing and hope.

Seeing the world in a different light ...

reminds us that glasses can be tinted in a variety of colors.

Being humbled... opens our heart to wisdom.

With every group comes a thousand possibilities for understanding and service.  It is a given that when two or more gather... the potential for disunion is doubled.

O God... it is so easy to judge one another.  Forgive us when we don't make it easy for family and friends; for others to think differently ... or live out their faith moving in opposite directions from our own mapped out destination.  You made us... and bless us all in such amazing uniqueness... yet this diversity so easily can divide our ability to become a blessing to one another. We want to be willing to include all people... but this calls for sacrifice and putting the well being of others before our own. 

Renew a right spirit within me and open my heart to Your wisdom and compassion that restores us as witnesses in believing that nothing is impossible when it comes to Your grace and mercy.  We want... we need... we pray that we can continue to stand together and dare to dream.