Psalms 131, 132, 133, 140, 142
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Daily we witness, directly or through the media, just how little unity there is in the world. I am writing this devotional one day after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood. A man trained to help others in handling many of the issues that are at the root of our inability to live in unity – distrust, fear, anxiety, and apprehension – to name a few, now stands accused of this unthinkable act. Why is it so hard for us to live in unity? The problem exists in all areas of our lives: our family life, our work life, and even our church life. Often, the issues are small and insignificant, yet we spend our time arguing and in some cases actually fighting over them.
As Christians, we believe that disharmony is the result of evil being introduced into the world. Yet, even within the Episcopal Church there are issues that divide and create discord and disunity – for example, some congregations are breaking away and ‘fighting’ over property ownership. But whether the issues are small or large, we are called to live in unity.
Is it really so important that our opinion always be “right,” that we cannot seek a more open-minded solution? Can’t we be respectful of one another even if we are not in agreement?
In Psalm 133:1, we read, “How good and pleasant, it is when brothers [sisters] live together in unity!” How much better could our world be if we all envisioned a world in which people ‘just get along’ and made the effort to achieve that vision? As the lyrics to “We Are the World” (written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) advocate: “There comes a time when we hear a certain call – when the world must come together as one – we are the ones who make a brighter day.” Are you ready to do your part, and then some?