DAILY DEVOTIONS:Jul 3 ‘Widening the Circle’

DAILY DEVOTIONS:Jul 3

‘Widening the Circle’

St. Thomas

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God…

  • Ephesians 2:19

There’s no shortage of grocery stores near my home. One offers flu shots and reward cards. Another features a pianist at the checkout lines. My preference is the one with absolutely no amenities.

Its aisles are stocked with products I don’t recognize and labels I can’t read. Most shoppers there speak languages I don’t understand and buy foods I’ve never tasted. It dawns on me that I seem as foreign to some of the customers as they seem to me. What draws me there is more than curiosity. I want to learn about our brothers and sisters from around the world because we belong to the household of God. As I shop, I realize there is much more than meets the eye. Beyond labels and languages, we are all the same. This gift of diversity is ours to discover, even in a grocery store. Each time we recognize the gift, we widen the circle of God’s universal love.

  • Gail Goleas

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