How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! 2 It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. 3 It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.
Psalms 133:1-3 (MSG)
Having grown up in a family of four boys, and currently the proud father of four girls, I can promise you for brothers and sisters to get along is not a small thing. It is often easier to get along with a stranger than a brother. This struggle relates the intimacy of life together. Bonhoffer wrote a classic book on Christian unity entitled “Life Together.” In this book he challenge the Christian community to lay aside its fantasies about what unity and brotherly love look like and to embrace the realities of loving each other in a messy, complicated world. Unity is not the absence of conflict, but rather an undying love and determination to remain in relationship no matter what the cost or obstacle.
As I travel to Dallas today to attend the Committee on Convention Business, I am mindful that I am proud part of a wonderful, diverse, and complicated family. I look forward to see God at work among us as we dream about our “family reunion” in Houston.
In the words of Gaither, “I am glad I am a part of the family of God.”