Male-female; black, brown,white; Democrat-Republican; Christian-Muslim! These encompass just a few of the divisions separating us bitterly and personally these days. Add our daily distorted relationships,and hostility seems to be engulfing our whole world. Then, suddenly, Jesus appears with his gospel of unity and joy. His message (that our oneness with each other derives from him and his Father) seems irrelevant and impossible, but nothing is impossible with God. Further, we know that our joy depends on our togetherness. So let’s resolve to forgive and reconcile with at least 1 person today. Then, we will experience a portion of Christ’s joy which he promised: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.”

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