We all have the dubious distinction of living in a time of great relational strain and division. Both locally, nationally, and globally we are faced with deep and seemingly incurable division and strife. Never before has it been so critical that the people of God understand their calling to "Love thy neighbor," and the intimate relationship that such a practice has in loving God.
Difficult circumstances have a way of revealing certain values that we have. It clarifies what matters most to us and separates them from what is less important. It reveals the real foundations of our lives and faith. It reminds us of the importance of the connections that we have and the value of our spiritual families. In difficult circumstances we discover where outlives are truly connected - knit together in love.