There is a lot of talk these days about diversity, inclusivity, and love of others regardless of our differences. This may be new to our culture but certainly not to God.
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34-35)
There is nothing like personal experience to drive home a point.
My family as an adult has expanded well beyond the borders I once knew. I was divorced, remarried and am now a widow. My extended family includes a gay step-daughter and her partner, my son and his wife from Japan, a divorced daughter and her male friend, a sister who was once a nun married to a former priest, and a sister married to an Italian native and living in Italy, ‘adopted’ grandchildren whose biological grandparents have died, and at one time a Kurdish refugee family who referred to my husband and me as their American grandparents.
Each of these relationships has stretched me, matured me, and given me countless opportunities to learn and grow in my faith and in my ability to love and include people I once considered different from me. I learned to set aside personal feelings and prejudices that at one time I didn’t even know I had! But what a blessing each individual has been. In addition to my blood relatives I’ve also included in my family life young men and women from other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, and Spain who lived with my husband and me from time to time as foreign exchange students.
I now count my life rich in diversity, love, and opportunity as I share in the lives of so many of God’s people that I might never have known if it weren’t for this amazing mix.
How about you? Do you have a story to share? If so, please do.
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb …” (Revelation 7:9)