Reading: Psalm 133
Verse Three: There the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.
Unity is fragile and something we must be aware of and be willing to work to maintain. In this sense, unity is a mindset. It is something either we value and are willing to give effort towards or it is not. Unity and the desire to have unity are fueled by love and faith. As unity is something that can be broken easily, we need to recognize that our humanity makes unity hard to maintain. This difficulty grows with each person or group added to the mix.
Within our families, unity is driven most by love. We want those we love to be happy and cared for and content. Yet every once in a while we do or say something selfish or in anger and unity is temporarily lost. As our desire for unity is driven by love, we quickly work to restore it. We apologize or we correct the wrong and receive forgiveness.
But as the circle grows, unity becomes increasingly harder. Other people and groups we are not a part of have differing thoughts, interests, and opinions. At times these seem to be in contrast to our thoughts, interests, and opinions. If we truly see all as dearly loved by God and all as worthy of our love as well, then we must begin to seek to understand those who are not just like us. It is only when we stop and listen to the other that we can begin to find some common ground. This common ground allows us then to speak the truth in love. We must be careful here – the truth is God’s truth in love, not our truth in love. From here we must be willing to seek a way forward. We must be open to envisioning the way forward as God envisions the way forward and we must allow God to lead. For our part, we must live into God’s plan.
Over all of this is love and forgiveness. Recognizing our own humanity, we should be ready to offer love and forgiveness in heaps. Unity is how God designed creation and how He intends the world to be. “There the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore”.