By Steve Schonert
My prayers for this General Conference were to get some clear direction on how to handle our differences, but it appears at this time it may not happen.
However, a couple of verses have come to mind that I need remember:
“The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.”
2 Peter 3:9 GW
“Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives. There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope.”
Ephesians 4:2-4 GW
(Steve Schonert is a member of Olney First UMC, Kaskaskia River District and an IGRC lay delegate to General Conference)
I have to remember that it's God's time and not mine.