"Go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
What Jesus' words tell me this morning is that, if we are at odds with our fellow human beings, our devotions to God have no teeth whatsoever. We can pray and act all religious and holy, but if we aren't getting along with our neighbors God just shrugs and says, "Yada, yada, yada..." It's so much easier to say we love God than it is to actually love God because--bottom line--we aren't loving God without loving our neighbor and sometimes, that neighbor is darn hard to love. Today, let's think about the fact that we are loving God as much as we love the most difficult person in our lives. Can we turn to God and ask that God love that person through us? We may need help to love the difficult folks we encounter...and God will happily give us that help if we just ask. Love, heidi