My Musings – Spent time these past few days with my two older brothers as we helped our 85 year old mother with a garage sale (selling many items that she and my dad had accumulated over 66 years together). We had many visitors to the sale. Some were neighbors, some were dear friends, some were mere acquaintances, most were strangers. They represented different ethnicities and social “classes.” We exchanged pleasantries with all, joked with a few (which garage sale had the best “junk”), had warm conversations with many and prayed with a few. At one point I remarked to one of my brothers “if more people went to garage sales, the word just might be a better place.” What a great time of fellowship with those we knew and those we did not.
As a world becomes more and more polarized, we sometimes lose sight of the fact we all have one Father and Creator – who loves us all. We have one Savior who did not just die for certain ethnicities, social classes or the “deserving” – He died one for all. He will save all who believe and receive.
My Advice – Forgive as He has forgiven you. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Give to those in need. Love your neighbor as yourself. Entertain strangers. Do not oppress or mistreat the alien among you (ouch!). Love your enemies (say what?). For “[w]hatever you did [or did not do] for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did [or did not do] for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV 1978). Finally, have a garage sale – just for the fellowship of it all.