Linking up with Clan Donaldson and the rest of the ladies for Theme Thursday!
I saw "fences" on the list for today and thought, "Easy Peasy!"
And then I realized that there are! no! fences! anywhere in my neighborhood.
So I give you a reposted picture...
|My niece checkin' out the cows|
... and a note from scripture.
"... In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility..." - Ephesians 2:13 &14, ESV
In this passage, Paul is talking about the Jews and the Gentiles, and the division that once (and let's be honest, still does) exist between those two groups of people. The Gentiles were totally excluded from God, from God's people, from the temple, from His covenant promises... it was pretty bleak to be a Gentile. But Christ, through his sacrifice on the cross, brought those two groups together. He broke down the wall that divided them.
I loved Jen's post the other day, and the comments that it generated (I've never seen such a beautiful and full-of-grace comment section in my life!) because it was such a great reminder of this passage.
You know what? We may believe different things sometimes (like about the Eucharist, or intercessory prayer, or what have you). Some of us are mommies, some of us aren't. Some mommies breastfeed, some bottle feed. Some are married, some aren't. Some wear pants, some wear skirts, cover their heads, don't cover their heads. Some drink alcohol, some don't. Some are of this ethnicity, some are of that ethnicity. There are so many "walls" that divide us...but
Christ Jesus who unites us is bigger than anything that divides us.
There is no "in" crowd in the Christian faith. As believers, we are unified in Him, first and foremost, and we have so much we can learn from one another- fences notwithstanding.
Sometimes fences are, literally, a very good thing.
Have a happy Thursday and why didn't I find that picture before,