This caused me great discomfort later in the evening when I felt prompted to tell the woman, who I learned was a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene, that I had enjoyed the prayer she had at offered at the beginning of the meeting.
She seemed a bit offstandish when she inquired how our prayers are different from their prayers (as she leaned back in her chair and folded her arms, giving me her full attention).
I was incredibly intimidated by her body language, but managed a fairly cohesive reply about how, despite the differences in our prayer language (our “Thees” and “Thous” versus their “Yous” and “Yours”), our prayers reach the same God.
The woman’s friend, who was sitting on the other side of her, smiled and nodded the entire time I was talking.
Immediately following our conversation, we had the opportunity to witness the Muslims’ afternoon prayer, as their prayer, too, reached the same God.
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FROM A PLACE OF LOVE
Later, the pastor’s friend shared with those in attendance her favorite verse of scripture. The passage spoke of things that are good and true and noble. After reciting the verse, she pointed in my direction and said,
“I don’t know all things, but I do know that you are kind.”
It was as if she were saying,
“I have been taught to not like Mormons, but, honestly, I don’t know if what I’ve been taught is true. The only thing I can know for a surety that is good and true and noble is what I witness for myself. And tonight, I KNOW that you are kind.”
The conversation that I was prompted to have with the woman pastor had results that I could not have anticipated—the uniting of faiths, if only in a small way.
I hope to always be ready to be an instrument in His hands—ready and willing to speak the words He gives me in an effort to connect with others from a place of love.
CHALLENGE: In what ways has God encouraged you to connect with those who believe differently than you? How can you do so from a place of love?