Day 1

Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.

26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:23-29 CEB

Do you remember yesterday’s devotional about church business meetings and brawls? I’m continuing that discussion…I didn’t really like the fighting. I thought committees who came in to present their work should be thanked and given a resounding vote of approval. After all – they had attended meetings and gathered facts and surely they knew what they were doing?

One time I remember that a committee suggested we air condition the rooms that were currently cooled by open windows and big fans. One stalwart member of the church pitched a total fit about it, suggesting that air conditioning was for sissies and bad stewardship. He proposed we take the money and send it for starving children in Africa. It is really hard to vote AGAINST starving children in Africa. My pew mate muttered, “I bet if we send that money over there they’re going to by air conditioning with it.”

My mother-in-law, who NEVER spoke out in public, rose from her seat and took the microphone in her hand. She explained how her precious granddaughter was in one of those classrooms, and how she came home every Sunday with soaking-with-sweat curls. And she further suggested that her little Meredith was not starving, but she sure was hot and uncomfortable and maybe it was time we sent money to hungry children in Africa and made life a bit more comfortable for the children in our own church. Eventually – after years of this discussion – we air conditioned those rooms. But that’s not the point. You see, my mother-in-law was a young widow. And this man with a heart for hungry children regularly trimmed her bushes, raked her leaves, fixed her leaky faucets and more. He didn’t stop doing this after she asked for air conditioning. And she kept making him toll house cookies for his troubles.

I learned a lot about respect and love and conflict back in the day. I am convinced that all that is not possible without the work of the Holy Spirit.

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