We humans are a curious lot, allowing much to divide us. Rather than celebrating the wonderful diversity that is part of God’s plan for all creation, we pervert that diversity into division.
What are those things that divide us in Women of the ELCA? The list isn’t much different than that within our church or society: race, ethnicity, income, language, politics, abilities, age, sexual orientation, even theology. God’s great design of diversity has gifted our organization with many ages, races, languages, abilities. We can pervert our diversity into divisions that break us apart and separate us or we can witness to the unity of the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier God by uniting in our baptism and choosing to celebrate the great diversity that is God’s gift to all creation.
Let us pray that God might be with us, with those we love, with those we find difficult to love, and with those who find it difficult to love us.
This message is adapted from “Grace Notes” written by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the September 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.