This past week I read a reflection that says it all to me as we face the “swearing in” of a new president and the many places of suffering in our world. I hope that you will take some time to read the following and pray with it. A blessed new year to you.
“(It) is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own race, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it, respond with love to those who hate you. This concept enables men (and women) to live together not as nations, but as the human race. We are now in the stage of history when we will either take this step or perish. For we have learned with consummate skill to destroy humankind. We have learned how to efficiently annihilate the human race. But, somehow or other, we shrink with horror from the prospect not of annihilation, but of reconciliation. We will either be reconciled—we shall love one another—or we shall perish.”
(written by Clarence Jordan, The substance of Faith and Other Cotton Patch Sermons. Clarence Jordan was the founder of Koinonia Farm, GA)