Tuesday, 25 September 2018

DAY 52/100 DAYS OF PRAYER

100-Days-Peace-Hope-logo 25 September
48 days to go
‘Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?’ Jehonadab answered, ‘It is.’… So he gave him his hand.
2 Kings 10:15 (NRSV)

GIVE ME YOUR HAND
The key text for John Wesley’s famous sermon on catholic spirit might appear at first to be a strange choice for Wesley’s sweeping account of Christian love, its generosity, and, as he puts it, ‘unspeakable tenderness’. He argues that diversity of opinion or belief need not prevent our walking together peaceably; ‘though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?’ The joined hands of Jehu and Jehonadab provide a glimpse of ‘tenderness’ amidst an otherwise brutal catalogue of massacre and judgement. In a context of stark enmity in the house of Israel, Wesley identifies a moment of kinship, and its wider resonance for universal love. A truly catholic spirit, Wesley writes, is a heart ‘enlarged toward’ all humanity.

PRAYER
Loving God, you urge us to the way of peace and kinship. Enlarge our hearts towards those we find difficult to love. May your unspeakable tenderness be known in the world.

Owen Roberts is Heritage Officer for the Methodist Church.


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