Diverse Oneness

God loves us and the people we most can’t relate to – infinitely.

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Deuteronomy 7:6-7

For you are a people holy to the LORD, your God; the LORD, your God, has chosen you from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people specially his own. It was not because you are more numerous than all the peoples that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you; for you are really the smallest of all peoples.

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When I read these words of Moses, I was reminded of a very moving moment that happened in my life in 2015.

A group of us representing Catholic churches and schools in Cincinnati was on a trip to Guatemala to form relationships with churches and schools there.

The moment came after I played my guitar and sang for the children outside a school in the little village of Concepcion.

I had just led our group in singing the Christian song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.”

Afterwards, as I stood and looked out at the beautiful faces of those Guatemalan children who had probably never seen a white person from the United States before, I suddenly heard in my heart a soft voice that said, “These are my people.”

And I was moved to tears.

I later told my friend, a priest who was standing next to me, and he said, “I heard the voice, too.”

We both were in awe of a God who loves all people with such passion.

I had to leave the comfort zone of my white, homogeneous life to receive this gift.

I was then able to relate to the verse, “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

All people, no matter what race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are desperately loved by the One that unifies all things in their beautiful diversity into Love itself.

Yet so many humans live in the delusion of their ego-generated divisions.

Thankfully, God never turns away from us.

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Listen to the song of the day “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Purchase or stream my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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