I looked up the etymology of the word polarization. It comes from the French word polarizer, which means something like “state of having different properties on different sides.” Now, if you have any doubt about what the notion of polarization looks like, I’m predicting that there will be a perfect example of it tonight. To deflect concern that I’m still not done with all this political stuff let me say clearly “Go Eagles.”
I remembered Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie.  It’s a memoir about a series of visits Albom made to his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, as Schwartz was gradually dying of ALS.   Albom describes his weekly visits.  In one of the visits Morrie tells Mitch about one of his theories about life, something called “the tension of opposites”.  When Mitch asks what that is Morrie replies, “Life is a series of pulls – back and forth.  You want to do something; you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.” Mitch tells Morrie that sounds like a wrestling match and Morrie agrees. “So which side wins?” Mitch asked.  “He smiled at me,” Mitch reports, “the crinkled eyes, the crooked teeth, Love wins. Love always wins.”  Great wisdom and that just might be how we overcome the unhealthiness of polarization.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:14
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Reflection Questions:
What are the root causes of polarization?
How have you seen love win?
How do you define perfect harmony?

Prayer:  Holy God, use me to help win a few. Let me be clothed
with your love. Amen.

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