November 12

1 Thessalonians 5:1-5

“But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.” vss. 4-5

These are not easy days for any of us. We’re still dealing with the fall-out from the elections, and while some are satisfied with the results, others are not. Certainly nothing has been done to address the deep divisions resulting from the months of political posturing. In such conditions there are special challenges for those who want to live gracefully above the fray. We all have our own feelings, some of them intense and personal, but we know that our special call is to build bridges. Like the Thessalonians we are all children of light and, even though it feels as though we’re living in dark times, Christ is still the hope of the world. So how shall we deal with those who are so hurt and angry? Many of us  have learned that it does little good to tell them how they’re wrong. Their convictions have been formed over a lifetime, and it’s really not our place to change them from red to blue or vice versa. What all people need is a listening, compassionate ear, and not a lecture. To simply say, “How are you doing?”, and let them talk is the greatest gift we can offer. Walking in the light through a world of darkness requires solid faith and deep love! But what a difference it can make!

Thought for the Day: Who needs my ear today?

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