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Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.”
In theory, we know conflict is an inevitable (and probably necessary) part of life. In practice, however, it’s hard to trust each other in the midst of disagreement. Community, whether it includes two people or many, requires that we demonstrate, again and again, that we can love each other, even when we are in the midst of conflict. It was hard for the Israelites to trust that God would provide for them, so they quarreled until Moses struck the rock to provide water. Sometimes out of conflict flows new life; sometimes those rocky periods in our lives and relationships turn out to be surprising sources of growth, if we can trust each other.
Today the Church remembers Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969.