There seems a movement these days to community. You hear about it more and more. Couples that decide to move to the same neighborhood and live life together, groups of guys or girls meeting together, “home groups”,”community groups”, “small groups”. Some experts say that the mega-church will be practically non-existent it 10 years. They say that big programs and flashy services will no longer draw people in large numbers.
This morning I was reading one of the Psalms of Ascent. (Ps 120-134). These are the songs that the Jews sang on their pilgrimages to Jerusalem. Ps 133 is about living life together. “How blessed it is when brother dwell together in unity.” (Ps 133:1) The Psalmist has seen this happen firsthand, and he is attracted to it. He has seen what happens when brothers and sisters care for one another. He watched them share a common goal, strive toward a common purpose, that purpose being God.
I picture these men, women and children traveling together. At times they must have become tired and discouraged. I bet some of them wanted to turn around and go back home. After all, was it really worth the effort to travel to Jerusalem. They had their own lives, their own agendas, their own plans to attend to. Just about the time the discouragement set in, they would hear someone hum the first note to Ps 133. At that moment, their collective journey with the Lord made sense again, and they kept traveling.
Prayer: Lord, help me to love my neighbor as myself today. Amen