As we consider all of the differences we see and hear reported in the media, we may recognize that there are times in which each of us may feel like an outsider. There are times when we are not the same as those that surround us. Whenever we consider our uniqueness, we also need to consider what it means to be united and joined together. Through acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice for our sin and faith in God, we have the opportunity to be joined together with fellow believers, Jesus the Son, and God the Father. No matter our gender, ethnicity, race, wealth, or political affiliation, we can be united as the Church. We can build on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to form a family of love, forgiveness, and faith. We can be united, not outsiders!
Don't be an outsider. Be united through the love and forgiveness offered to you through Jesus Christ!
Thank You for loving me, forgiving me, and accepting me the way I am. Help me to continue to draw closer to You, to understand and follow Your plan for my life, and to be united with my fellow believers. Through Jesus Christ, my Savior, I pray, amen.