Scripture: Psalm 133
Key verses: (1-3)
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,
Reflection: One of my favorite sounds in all the world is when my children are laughing together. Through the years, we have had plenty of times when there was more arguing than laughing. But now as young adults living apart, they seem to actually enjoy each other much of the time. When I learned that they have a regular time to talk to one another on Sundays, I felt like I must have been doing something right as a parent. (Of course, probably they talk together about how ridiculous we are as parents, but still…)
The Psalmist lifts up the joy of kindred living together in unity. It’s a picture of abundance and grace — a blessing from the Lord. Kindred who live this way are family, which is deeper than just people to whom you are related. When it happens between people you live with all the time, it’s amazing. When it happens with people who are even more unlike you, it’s surely the work of God.
We are called to live as kin with God’s children. Some might be like a crazy uncle, or annoying sister. Others are like long-lost cousins we never knew we had. Some just get us. Others might be hard to connect with. But we are kindred. How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity. What kin will God put in your path today?
Prayer: Lord, help me live as kin, as family, with all your children. Help me be patient and loving. Help me find unity where there seems to be only division. Thank you for all who are family to me. Widen my circle, Lord. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].