“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”  Daniel 12:3

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20  

We have seen, heard, read a lot of “not shining” lately.   Conversational disagreeing has led to arguing, accusations and name-calling.  Over the past few months on my morning neighborhood jaunts, I have watched with intrigue the evolution of what I hoped was friendly next door difference into what led to apparent animosity.  It began as a sign or two or three on both lawns.  The signs grew in number to several dozen, also in size, trimmed with blue and red lights.  Hmmm … How could they mow?  How did they rake?  The first week in November all signs in one yard came down, replaced with just one:  “Love Your Neighbor”.  The other persisted, even adding some new ones.  In just the past couple weeks a canvas fence was hung between the two yards, the “Love Your Neighbor” sign removed. 

Sitting in a chilly car in the church parking lot, a blanket across my lap, on December 13, I confessed:  “We have not been Christ to one another.”  The children’s sermon asked us to think about what gives us joy and challenged us to look for ways to bring joy to others in our communities.  In the sermon the pastor quoted 1 Corinthians 16:14:  “Let all you do be done in love.”  

We are ambassadors for Christ – God’s representatives, a bridge of good will and peaceful relationships, not just across international borders, but within our nation; between neighbors and friends; among families.  Ambassadors for Christ have “job security” in a world in need of reconciliation and renewed trust, kindness and hospitality.  

“We are pilgrims on a journey.  We are brothers on the road.

We are here to help each other Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you In the night time of your fear. I will hold my hand out to you; Speak the peace you long to hear.”  Amen (from The Servant Song, Richard Gillard)   Amen

Verla Olson