From Enemies to Partners…

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela

Meditation: When we enter a system to make changes, we will often find resistance and sometimes even make enemies. Often this has to do with projection. We are being seen as a threat and viewed as enemies to the “status quo”. If we can understand those projections as fear responses and as a natural instinct to protect what one knows against the “unknown”, then we do not need to react the same way. The challenge is to not fall into the temptation to see the persons resisting us as our enemies, but to pray for them. As we pray, we begin treating them with respect and we will offer a listening ear to their concerns and fears. As we engage them in this way, we have a good chance of finding a working partner at least and a possible friend at best. Often the person who resists us the most can become our strongest advocate. If in this process of change we can first hold the strong emotions and projections and then overcome them with engagement, prayer and blessing, a real connection and partnership can emerge.

Prayer: God of transformation, You are the creative life force that brings about change and that accompanies us through the changes of our lives. Often we fear You. Often we resist You as we are comfortable in our familiar ways. You allow us to fight against You, complain about You and even be angry with You. God, you are patiently enduring our reactions. Instead of retaliating, You patiently listen to us, until we are ready to trust You. And as we begin to open our minds and hearts, You invite us to join You in partnership and to become co-creators with You.  As our relationship with You starts building on increasing trust, You walk with us into the changes that our life holds for us. Thank You. We are grateful and we are blessed. Amen

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1. Peter 3:9