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Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, these against two, two against three. (Luke 12:51-52)

TV newscasters display impressive maps during national elections. Visuals reveal not only state geographical divisions, but also those of political party preferences. With colors red and blue from Old Glory, they designate party wins, bringing to light the stark division in our country.

Yet, that pales when sensing division within our families. We view a shift in the perceptions of what is unacceptable more behavior. People of our generation reenact the travesty of the War Between the States within the boundaries of family lines.

How heartbreaking to experience the conflict of parent against child or sibling against sibling, on opposite sides of morality issues and agendas. The dividing line resides within the recesses of our hearts. Division is rampant, tearing hearts asunder.

I felt no shame when shedding tears at the death of my parents and sister several years ago. Friends offered words of comfort and hugs of empathy. I have felt much shame over morality divisions within my family. Shame is systemic, hurting the entire unit.

The Lord heals the hurts of broken relationships. He alone knows why we choose the wide path to destruction or the narrow way to eternal life. The majority walks upon the well-beaten path, blindly searching for personal freedom; they instead becomes slaves to sin.

Lord, I seek restoration in family relationships. I ask you to remove spiritual blinders of deception. Open our eyes to truth and freedom. Bind up our wounds; mend hearts torn asunder. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

PAM FORD DAVIS

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
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