Whenever and wherever disagreements, discord, animosity and bickering appear, there is always a critical source of the conflict that is mostly ignored until it is too late. The fountainhead of strife is revealed in this simple passage from Proverbs: “Where there is strife, there is pride.” Instead of dealing with the underlying issue of pride on both sides, we try pacifying feelings, negotiating details, temper tantrums or setting boundaries. But we mostly ignore the element of pride. While seeing with blazing clarity the pride of the other person, we remain blind to our own. LORD God, Prince of Peace, help me see my pride more readily. Forgive my angry defensiveness and grant me genuine humility.