So, there will be no more pretending. We can love each other with "eyes wide open", knowing that there are differences. We can give a little and focus on the things we have in common. And we can live a life of love as Christ asked us to. For my example, in the Bible, Christ loved people and didn't try to point out differences. He embraced all people. That is what we must do. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." And there is more of course about His sacrifice on the cross as proof of His love. (Read on when you have a chance.) The point is that I choose love!!! I hope you will too.
And now for a prayer, "God, I pray that I will love as you have loved me. I pray that my friends will sense that love and respond. I pray that you will help me to focus on the things we have in common, and remember that YOU put us together. You saw my needs (and maybe theirs) and put us together. There is such a warm feeling knowing that you, with your gentle, loving hand, placed us in each other's lives. Thank you Father, for the gift of my friends!!!