Awakening of a new unity
Psalm 133 (NRSVA)
1 How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.
I hate arguing. Not just because it feels unpleasant (although it does) but also because it is a skill I have never quite mastered. Some people never fully do and I fear I may be one of them. The psalmist talks of living together in unity and as I was growing up I dreamt of a life and community where nobody argued.
I have no real idea what I thought the practicalities of this would entail but it was a pleasant dream. Unfortunately it must remain just a dream and I must learn to argue. For it is in learning to find a place of unity even after these moments of discord that a mature and long lasting community can grow and flourish and serve God.
God who argues well,
Help us to stop fighting you and listen.
Teach us to stop yelling at each other and hear others’ points of view.
Be with us as we try to find peace and community worthy of your name.