Keeping Our Mirrors Clear

Last night (Thursday) I attended the opening session of the 7th Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, which was founded by the late Dr. Wright Spears. Everywhere I looked, I saw members of the First UMC family actively involved in making this conference happen, from the long months of planning, to the nuts and bolts details of bringing together people from near and far, from different faith traditions. As those who were at Wonderful Wednesday this week know, one participant came from Zimbabwe!

 One thought shared by the Muslim speaker last night. She talked about our mirrors being clear so that we can see and know God. Sometimes our mirrors get rusty (mirrors were once all metal), and foggy. We can’t then see God, and we often suppose that God has abandoned us…but the problem is our mirror

 To keep our mirrors clear, we need to be actively involved in the disciplines of our faith—prayer, worship, serving others, etc. When our mirrors are thus made shiny and clear, we can know that God is with us.

 I hope I did justice to her thoughts. They did resonate with me and speak to truths I know deep within.  

 Yuval Ron provided music last night, and he will be in concert on Saturday evening at 7:30, which is open to the public. Tickets are $15, and children 12 and under are free. I am very much looking forward to this concert in which he will incorporate Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions. Read more about it in the Update. Also, he will appear this afternoon (Friday) at the Lake Junaluska Bookstore and Café, performing some songs and signing his book.

 Thanks to all those who make this conference possible. I’ll be participating through Saturday and will probably have more to share with you another time.

 See you Sunday,


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