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Henry's Family Photo
Theme of the Week: Practicing Unity
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress. (James 1:27)

Dig Deeper: James 1:19-27

At a fund-raiser I attended recently with my daughter Danielle, a guy whom I'll call Henry greeted us warmly. He was a middle-aged, jolly white guy who would turn every stranger into a friend in short order.

After a few pleasantries, Henry whipped out his wallet, featuring family photos. He told us that he and his wife of 32 years had never had children of their own, so they had become foster and adoptive parents. What was unique about Henry's family photo was that it resembled a general session at the United Nations. Talk about diversity.

I asked Henry, "What made you decide to adopt kids of different races?" Henry eagerly answered as if he'd been asked this question many times over the years. "My parents were very prejudiced against everybody. You name it, they hated it. So when I became an adult, married, and discovered we could not have children of our own, my wife and I decided that if the world was going to change people like my parents, it would start with us. And our love for people evolved into opening our homes and hearts to children in need." Henry saw reconciliation as a personal responsibility and consequently built a bridge of love to other cultures.

—David D. Ireland in The Skin You Live In

My Response: What are some ways I can build bridges to people of other cultures/ethnicities?

Thought to Apply: The Christian church cannot be what it is called to be when ritual, race, class, or other distinctions separate members from each other.—John MacArthur (pastor, writer)

Adapted from—The Skin You Live In by David D. Ireland, copyright 2012. Used by permission of NavPress—navpress.com. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to be persistent and patient in seeking out meaningful friendships with people from other cultures or ethnicities.

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