Public impeachment hearings have begun. Whatever your position, you can bet they’ll generate vitriolic rhetoric and opportunities for deeper divisions. I’m weary of the divisions. You? But an experience this week has shifted my focus. It’s renewed my energy to work for healing other divisions among a people who need healing desperately: The Church.
A dear friend, child of God, and leader in the Catholic church here in Albuquerque is dying. She has given her life to serving people of all ages around the world. I had the privilege and blessing to spend a couple of hours with her, and three times she was brought to tears. At first, I thought it was caused by the painful, growing tumors she bravely endures. Not so. What has pained her most these last days, is the division she knows and has experienced in the Body of Christ. She exclaimed: “I don’t know who said it, Rachael. But some wise person said, ‘There’s no Catholic way to love or Lutheran way to love or Methodist way to love. It’s just love! And it all comes from God!’”
Of course, she’s right. But while the divisions in our nation cause me daily frustration, how often do I think about the deep divisions among children of God? Rarely. And how many people from different faith traditions have fed my faith? Many.
So, a challenge: Consider who inspires you in your faith. If they’re still living, will you contact them and affirm them for the love of Christ they have shown you? I’ll be contacting Catholics, Quakers, Mennonites, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Pentecostals and probably some others. Maybe if we can begin to see the light of Christ in one another, we can participate in healing divisions that existed long before impeachment hearings.
See you Sunday…