I sit here as a Catholic, about to head to my weekly bible study at a Protestant church, and write to you about a Baptist church sharing our Jesse Tree. What an interreligious morning!
A special thank you to Emmanuel Baptist Church in Florida for sharing our Jesse Tree with your congregation as part of Advent! What an honor to be a common witnesses as we share the good news. I can’t help but sing the song, “…we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand…and they’ll know we are Christians by our love”. (Be thankful you can’t actually *hear* me sing the song. We were all given gifts…singing missed my list.)
I am reminded again that we are all Christians…believers and followers, sisters and brothers in Christ. We are all one family, together, as even Jesus tells us: “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:49) While it’s something we should do all year long, Christmas – especially – is a time to set aside our differences and realize how much we truly have in common.