Just as Abraham believed,…those who believe are the descendants of Abraham… those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed. Galatians 3:1-14 Strength in the unity of a people begins with faith and believing in God.
Is it possible that had Adam and Eve been obedient to God (rather than choose their own way) we would today be better able to accept death as a natural progression of life, regardless of when or how it occurs? Instead today, we mostly see death as a loss, which is exactly what it is for us. Especially, when we loose someone far too young, or who recently recovered from some tragic circumstance, or rejoicing life in retirement; these are the ones who don’t get the opportunity to reach new milestones or potential hoped for. The 911 tragedy, left the people of this nation with a commonality; the reality of loss, occurring at the same time, across a broad spectrum of people. Days, weeks, and months after, it united this nation in various ways and who together, did whatever was needed to bring this country back to normalcy and healing. Ten years and one day later, the healing is still occurring for many and that’s okay. The question that remains I believe is “What is normal? I’d like to think that a country that has time and again, come together during a time of tremendous loss, has the capability to make unity a commonality, for the benefit of all communities, for those who are still living, and moving forward. Instead in death we temporarily unite, and in life we linger in division, choosing to go our own ways. Perhaps, this is normal but in the beginning, I don’t believe this is what God intended. And, quite possibly, in between moments, the healing from all death will be complete when the unity in our life (much like God’s love) endures forever. Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer.
Psalm 133:1 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
1Corinthians 1:1-19 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose.