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Read 2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10

This is a difficult time politically as refugees from war-torn countries are forced to leave our shores to return to starvation and war. Others return to persecution or death due to their sexual orientation. How can we be “ambassadors for Christ” (5:20) when people suffer discrimination because their religion is different from ours? How can we convey the grace of God to ensure “we are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way”? (6:3) Surely, silence or failure to act obstructs any view of a compassionate Christianity.

Perhaps the key is first to “be reconciled to God” ourselves (5:20) – not the reconciliation of two people shaking hands, but rather of mixing a cake. No longer round and yellow, eggs mix with dry and grainy flour and become reconciled taking on a new identity. They are made new, transformed. So, as the eggs give themselves to the flour to become batter, we lose ourselves to Love and are transformed to become “the righteousness of God.” (5:21) Being reconciled to Love, all our life choices reflect the grace of God.

Help me, O God, to lay aside my fears, so I can trust in Your Goodness and be an effective ambassador of Yours.

Beverly Dale

United Christian Church, Levittown, PA

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