FOR THURSDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 133
“See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony!” (Psalm 133:1, GOD’S WORD Translation)
What a beautiful image of unity the psalmist offers here. Indeed, God is so pleased when God children are living together in harmony, just as we are when we see our children doing so. Unfortunately, we have witnessed a lot of disunity in our world – especially in this past week with the violence incurred through those who arrogantly proclaim that they are racially superior to others. Such attitudes should be repugnant to any Christian.
The only way for us to experience the blessing of unity which this psalm expresses is for us to look at each other differently. The call of the apostle in Philippians 2:3 tells us how to do this: “Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves”. One doesn’t need torches and clubs and shields to do this.
Eugene Peterson encourages us as a faith community to view one another with a joyful expectation, “wondering what God will do today in this one and in that one, understanding that they are new persons each and every morning, sparkling with beauty and dripping with possibility” [Conversations, p. 915]. In doing this, we will not only change the way we see others but also the way we see ourselves.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father of us all, please eliminate all the bigotry and hatred which incites violence in the world, and let this begin with me. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]