This past weekend, Emma and I went to see her family in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was great to spend time with her family and some friends that we don’t often see.
While we were in town, there was an air show going on at Barksdale Air Force Base just outside of Shreveport. The key attraction of the show was the Blue Angels. In case you don’t know, the Blue Angels are the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron.
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. When I was young, we would go to the air shows and my favorite part was always the Blue Angels. They are truly mesmerizing to watch.
Yesterday, I had a conversation with a stranger who also loves the Blue Angels. It came up randomly at the grocery store, while we were waiting in line. This person and I didn’t have much in common, but we both loved the Blue Angels.
We live in a society that is deeply divided over many issues. Very important issues, that deserve attention, debate and, at times, even protest. And yet, we are more than that which divides us. I wish we would spend a little more time talking about the things we share in common and realize that God doesn’t expect us all to agree with each other, God expects us to love each other.
It can be hard to love people in a society that constantly draws lines and chooses sides against each other. But, just under the surface of our preferences and prejudices lies people who quite often share a deep love for something. For me and this person, it was the Blue Angels.
Christ unites people, and I believe that one of the ways God does this is by reminding us that we are more than that which divides us. We are more than a set of preferences and prejudices. I hope you will seek to talk to the stranger in the grocery store line. You might find you have more in common with them than you realize.
And go watch the Blue Angels if you ever get the chance.
Have a wonderful week!