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What Joins Us

As I write this I’m listening to the shaking of game die, a Hobbit-heavy playlist, and the chatter (and laughter and groans) associated with the board game my husband plays with a few friends on a regular basis. It’s a good sound in our house.

The night prior to my husband’s game night, I was out at a friend’s house where a Scentsy party served as the backdrop for a handful of us to get together for a visit and to resist (futilely) the temptation of a homemade chip dip. Again, there was laughter and chatter.

And it, too, was a good sound.

Photo Credit: Jeffry Kontur ©2008 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

There is a lot of noise in this world that seeks to divide in a variety of guises, but politics and religion seem to be the two most common doorways of dissent. Snark and vitriol, misunderstandings and misalignments abound all around, which is why I tend to stay away from such discussions on the Internet and in my 3D life. Not that I don’t have opinions or views on the things I do try to be informed about … But too often I don’t express myself clearly or correctly, or I’ve missed a key part of the picture. So I end up sticking my foot firmly in my mouth, embarrassed, and resolve to try to stay away from divisive subjects.

I’m not a rabble-rouser anyway.

But for those times when many others are jumping into the fray, I find myself more often bringing these words to mind from the book of Micah in the Bible:

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8 (NKJ)

Because relationships are best built upon common ground. Then truth and depth and trust can be built and built upon. That does more good than hurling words at each other anyway.

(Does that make sense? It still feels a bit nebulous typed out in black on white.)

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