There is a section in Ecclesiastes 4 that speaks about going through life alone versus with others. It provides a few examples of how much more difficult life can be alone. We are made to be in community, to work together to support each other. I am a sports fan and my favorite sport is football, today is a very big day in the football world…over the years I have reflected on the different sports and I have come to realize I often prefer team sports versus individual ones…it is not that individual sports are bad but I prefer a sport where we are more dependent on each other than individual talent alone…a sport that requires community for success. At its basic level, in football it takes all 11 people on the field to find success, individuals willing to sacrifice for the good of the team…community, working together for the good of all. May we all be engaged in community in our daily lives…if you are unsure of your community, turn towards God and seek His guidance. Amen.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2013 in Custer State Park in South Dakota)