Matthew 5: 21-24
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
Who will you meet today, as you walk? Friends . . . not-such-friends . . .? And who does your spirit meet, silently? Does an enemy lurk unforgiven? Let your silence be a place of light, not darkness, a place of peace, not conflict, as God’s Spirit journeys gently through your past.
Take pictures not prisoners,
leave footprints not craters,
bear burdens not grudges,
make music not mayhem,
save the mischief of a kingdom joke,
the itch to untie knots of dull despair;
grow these twitches, seek the light
touch of God’s own laughter.
Lord, may this be a day of reconciliation
for troubled families
for divided nations
for hostile neighbours
for people struggling with a conflict of identity.
Bless the meetings of today, their preparation, their fruit. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.