[bl]W[/bl]hen Bobby told us that the village women of all ages and beliefs meet at the well every day. That their relationship and communal decisions – despite their differences in faith and traditions – matter because there is only one source of water and they have to share it….it struck me for the first time how this reality that I once lived among has significant theological truth.
There’s but One Source.
Of water. Of life. Of truth. And we all have to share it. Share Him. Jesus. The source of all things for all people.
This is why our relationships matter. Why the way we live and relate and choose among each other has significant value.
Whether Muslim or Christian. Hindu or Baha’i. Catholic or Presbyterian. Believer or Agnostic. There is One Source that gives life and breath to all living creatures.
Through Him, all people are able to share in his wellspring of hope. No matter your perspective on how to educate your children. No matter if you gather in a building or home. No matter if you express your worship differently. No matter which gift you use to minister.
We have a responsibility to commune together on this earth. Gather around resources and needs in a way that welcomes all people and glorifies God.
We don’t have to agree with each other to share in the same Source. We don’t have to give consent to other beliefs or celebrate their traditions. But we do have to get along. Honor one another. Respect one another. Listen to one another.
There’s a way to receive people, without accepting their behavior, choices and beliefs. There’s a way to communicate, while disagreeing. There’s a way to love, while refusing a sinful lifestyle.
And this only happens through grace. Through this gift of offering another person what you yourself needs from them.
Through grace, community flourishes. Diversity is beautiful. Redemption occurs. And God is glorified.
Please learn more about Kibo Group and what they are offering to the Busoga people in Uganda through development projects such water wells, reforestation and women’s empowerment.
#385 Autumn colors turning to harvest colors
#386 The signs that show us winter is near
#387 A husband who will talk hours with me about the theology of the flesh and spirit
#388 The struggles that keep us looking to Jesus
#389 Resale shops that save me money
#390 Teammates whom we’ll always be bound
#391 When worlds collide
#392 Friends willing to communicate through difficult emotions
#393 A harvest soup made by his hands
#394 A child who is able to admit fear and hear truth
#395 A son who’s willing, though he’s not really able
#396 Boys who are able and will one day be willing!
#397 Late night tips to Alberta