PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
September 5, 2018
I’m a sucker for reunions, especially when there has been disunity in a relationship. I almost always cry, even watching a movie with a reunion. In the movie, Field of Dreams, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, tells his story: how his mother died when he was two; so, his father gave up his efforts to play pro baseball in order to raise his son. The boy grew older and didn’t have time to play catch with his dad, who died after the boy left home at seventeen to protest war and all the things his father stood for.
Now the son is grown, with a wife, a daughter, and a farm in Iowa. But feels something is missing in his life. The story continues until father and son are reunited on a magical baseball field with the other classic line in the film, “Dad? Want to have a catch?” The film dramatically captures the lifetime mourning of grown men for the father to whom they couldn’t get close. I believe we long for that kind of reunion, especially in times when people have been estranged.
We live in the midst of division. The world stage is replete with division and strife. Our country seems divided in many ways. Communities are divided over how to utilize resources. Families are broken. Children rebel against parents and parents do not appropriately listen and engage children. Marriages are crumbling all around us. Next week will be Patriot Day, when we remember what happened on 9/11 seventeen years ago. After that horrific experience, the nation seemed to be united – but it only lasted maybe a couple of months!
Psalm 133, the text I will focus on this Sunday, moves from a clear definition of unity to a description of unity. We read in verse 1, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” The word good has the connotation of fulfilling or meaningful. And the word pleasant means “delightful” or “beautiful.” Unity gives us a sense of completeness and fulfillment. It is no wonder that David, the psalmist, says that it is good for “brothers to dwell in unity.” David was not necessarily talking about brothers living under the same roof, but about spiritual unity for God’s people.
As we gather for our annual worship service and picnic in the park this Sunday, it is my prayer that we will celebrate our unity as part of the Body of Christ . . . and that unity will be a resounding element of our life together . . . that those who meet us will see the love we have one for another and be drawn to know our Lord and Savior!!