We have so many differences in common

By Janet Walgren
Upon coming home from a friends house one day, my daughter was comparing and contrasting her friend’s two cats. Helen was totally in love with the two creatures and I could tell that her heart was full to overflowing as she exclaimed, “Oh Mom, they are so wonderful; they have so many differences in common.” She was in another realm.
I have often thought on that conversation. “They have so many differences in common.” In this troubled world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could embrace those who are different with the same love and admiration as does a child?

In Acts 17: 25-29 the apostle Paul upon seeing an alter to THE UNKNOWN GOD was explaining man’s relationship to God to the philosophers in Athens:

“…seeing he [God] giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the grounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man’s device…

If all of the inhabitants of all the nations of the earth are brothers and sisters, and I believe that we are, shouldn’t we act the part? Shouldn’t we love one another and respect each other? There are so many wonderful differences that we all share in common. The profound observations of a child could teach us much about peace if only we had ears to hear the truth.

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