Christ is truly the Messiah for all peoples – everyone.
That is such a beautiful but difficult reality to make our own. In theory we all nod in agreement: “Yes, Christ is for all people.” But the reality of opening our minds and hearts to everyone, especially those who seem so different and distant from us, is indeed challenging.
I find myself too often making subconscious conclusions about persons and groups that don’t think, act, or believe similar to my upbringing. I certainly have been blessed by being raised in the Demuth household but have come to realize how this is not the only way.
When I open myself up to learn how other peoples are raised in another tradition, I am enriched. When I encounter folks whose upbringing is totally different than mine, I soon realize how amazing it is that God has worked through them and in them — unique to their history and culture. It is in those moments that my prejudices begin to soften and melt.
O God, you are marvelous indeed!
You are the God of all peoples and
I praise you for them.
In their diversity, we are all enriched.
Glory and praise to you!