For better, for worse
Philippians 4: 2-3, 8 & Psalm 133: 1
2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
Paul was brave to write those words, I think on the person who would read them - aloud - for all to hear.
There are times when it is hard to live at peace with one another. Who would know what was causing disagreement between these two women? Such is our tendency towards tension we could think of many examples. But this is not the space to speculate on such details.
This is the space to team up and live up, to ‘walk worthy of the calling you have received’.
This is the place to count blessings, to ponder the life giving qualities that build a community in harmony, a community where relationships are firmly established and rooted in the life giving hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord.
A dwelling in unity, a place of blessing, but Oh Lord a hard place to reach
To get there we must navigate paths of pride and roads of resistance
There are boulders of obstinance, quarries of quarrelsome clashes.
Oh Lord who can travel such a road? How do we get to that place of blessing? When?
You O Lord lead us and guide us in your paths of righteousness,
You O Lord teach us and show us how to live as your people.
You O Lord – You.
With gifts of grace and fruit of faithfulness, You Lord, lead us in your paths of righteousness. For your name’s sake. Amen.