Author: Jacqi Kambish
Division. A powerful enemy of all men and women raises its ugly head and smiles. There we are, once again, falling to her schemes. Division plays a dangerous game and she intends to win. She brandishes her sword and perfects her art. Vindictive and ugly, she carries a sword of anger and fear. She wreaks havoc as we lap at her pool of venom.
We accept the poisonous rage as it warms us through. More than that, we welcome it. Rage is powerful beast and yet we face him with arms open wide. His perilous grin broadens and with his net he gathers the entire world and gobbles us up. We cannot see what he has done, we cannot fathom the depths of his harm.
Rage and Division walk hand in hand as they slay us and we stand against them by slaying each other.
War surrounds us and in the midst of the shot gun shells and grenades…I can’t hear you. Can you hear me?
How can we band together, how can we circle up? We have a common enemy but we fight against each other. No one wins and sorrow rises up from the ashes.
Sorrow takes swift strides and her robe of sheer fabrics flow in the wake of her movement. Her face is pressed with determination, her heavy fist falls fast against our hearts. Sorrow is different than the others. Her swift blows bring agony. Her beatings are a slow death.
Who will rise from the ashes and face this triad of beasts? Who will walk a different path? Who will turn from raging war against their neighbor and tell Division, and Rage, and Sorrow to return to the sea. Who will stand alone before their fury and say, “Enough!”?
We preach love.
Do we really know where to begin? Do we even know what love is anymore?
Have we become so separated from the true Source of Love that we cannot see each other or hear each other?
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” Psalm 103:8
“But you, LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
“[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
This is what we should do and this is how we should love.
Let us repent of the blindness in our hearts and start again.
Let us ask God to open our eyes to see our neighbor and to learn to love them fully, just as they are.
Lets us pray against division and pray for unity.
This is what I must do…Will you join me?