Grace in Disagreement

Tonight I saw people holding the tension between differing ideas very graciously. I saw people differing in their ideas on something even so fundamental as what community should look and act like. I saw people openly sharing what they envisioned and what was on their heart instead of just keeping it to themselves because they weren’t technically in a “leadership” position or because they were afraid. I saw people allowing another person to think differently than them and not trying to coax or convince or fight until they changed the other persons mind – instead they allowed each other to simple share. I saw people really listening to each other and valuing each other’s view points. Tonight I saw people entering into a conversation together and allowing differences and disagreements to arise without love diminishing. And I was so pleased to be a part of it.

 “In a good friendship each member often feels humility towards the rest. He sees that they are splendid and counts himself lucky to be among them.”  - C.S. Lewis

Rejoicing in the journey - Beth Stedman

Photograph by Beth Stedman