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The Followers of Jesus as flexible. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as flexible brings us closer to one another - even our enemies. That is a vital part of the life within God's Reign. We must be willing to come closer - to see the other side - to hear the other voice - to enter into a dialogue. This does not mean that there will be easy change. It may mean we allow ourselves to enter into the long haul - the seemingly endless debates that may go on and on and on. And yet, as we are open to being flexible we may be giving everyone the opportunity to hear again or see again or experience again. The first impression of someone or some group may not be the most favorable. Stereotypes and our own history all do a good job at leaving us inflexible - unable to engage with open hearts and minds. The Followers of Jesus as flexible do not give up on the other side - as much as we would like to do that and as much as we think they deserve being left out or left behind. This is part of the hard work of being Followers of Jesus and living within the creative breath of our God.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, keep us at it again today. Keep us engaged in the power of your Reign that is able to heal the most wounded and broken - even ourselves. Amen.