February 21

Reflection

By ceasing to make our individual differences a basis for competition and by recognizing these differences as potential contributions to life together, we begin to hear the call to community. In and through Christ, people of different lifestyles, from different races and classes, with different languages and education, can join together and witness to God’s compassionate presence in our world. People who are gathered in community are witnesses to the compassionate God by the way they are able to carry one another’s burdens and share each other’s joys. They are God’s witnesses in the world.
Henri Nouwen

Prayer

May we see with the eyes of compassion.

Action

Do you celebrate differences or support competition because of differences? How can you help to build community within your circle of contacts? How can you counteract divisions?

Suggested reading

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37
God does not show favoritism.
Romans 2:11

Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.
D.B. Harrop

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
John F. Kennedy

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
Audri Lorde

We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not.
William Hall

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
Swami Vivekananda

For too long, we have focused on our differences – in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs – rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together.
Bob Riley

I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.
Maya Angelou

Our forward track must focus on including everyone, embracing everyone, and celebrating the beauty – and normalcy – of everyone’s differences.
 Richelieu Dennis

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