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united in harmony

By Susan Solomon Yem
May 28, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Samuel 13:1-39
John 17:1-26
Psalm 119:81-96
Proverbs 16:6-7

I love watching the videos of virtual choirs that are popping up on social media right now. Churches around the world are performing the song, The Blessing, and it’s been amazing to watch the diversity – British, Hawaiian, African, symphonic, country, urban. It has also been a reminder of what the community of Christ-followers looks and sounds like. We are varied, but in harmony.

I looked up the word harmony and found this: “the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear . . . harmony can elevate a piece from common and predictable to challenging and sophisticated.” (Thanks, Google!)

The chapter we read in John today confirms that as believers we’re like a choir. We may be diverse, but we are harmonious, blended together in our shared relationship with our Savior.
In an earlier season, I worked with refugees and became completely immersed in a culture not my own. Yet, I was continually astounded by how many similarities we had. It’s something I am reminded of often as I strive to find likemindedness among believers. We may have different backgrounds, political viewpoints, and sensibilities, but through Christ, we have a lot in common. We are not the same, but we blend together.

To memorize:

Your word, LORD, is eternal;
It stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
You established the earth, and it endures.

— Psalm 118:89-90

Prayer to start with: Father, we thank you for the unity among our family, friends, neighbors, and people all over the world. Let us come together and praise your name. Let our likemindedness be in your word. Amen.