Everyone has heard about the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. From 1864 through 1921, members of those two families murdered each other in the mountains of East Kentucky and West Virginia. The end of the feud came when a Hatfield with the awful first name of “Devil” met a West Virginia preacher named William Duke Garrett. Garrett had fought with the Logan County Wildcats during the Civil War before being called to the ministry. He baptized Devil Hatfield in the cold waters of Island Creek. Afterward, all of Devil Hatfield’s neighbors described him as “much changed.” Then Devil Hatfield set out to mend fences rather than shoot neighbors. The feud fizzled out, at the foot of the cross.
In some area of my life do I need to mend fences today?
“His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two (Jew and Gentile), thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross…” (Ephesians 2:15-16).