O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
~ Psalm 96
During the winter of 1979 in Southern Indiana, we experienced one of the worst blizzards in history. Living back in a valley, and unable to get out into town for over a week, we made the best of things by having neighbors over to play cards, and as a young teen, we created a sled run along one of our hills so slick and fast that you couldn't even begin to walk in the path of where the sled would pass without sliding and falling down.
I remember it was these times that brought us all closer together.
This morning as I walked our dog I was greeted by two neighbors, and one even referred to me as "brother." In some ways, having just gone through a hurricane together has made a change in how we view one another?
It's amazing how common challenges make us realize how we seem to want and long for the same things. Good health, safe environment, while finding ways to live out our lives in faith, hope and of course, love.
Our spirits actually long to be in communion with one another. When we move beyond the things that divide us, and concentrate on the common things that unite us, then our communities seem to be able to do some amazing things.
Perhaps if we tried to begin each new day, seeing and greeting one another as brothers and sisters, the entire world might change
Just a thought and a dream to bring the Kingdom of God closer to us each day.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to see every person I meet today as my brother and my sister. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.