Scripture: Psalm 133: 1 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

Observation: This psalm was sung in the temple in Jerusalem. Pilgrims from all of the tribes of Israel would go to Jerusalem to make offerings and worship. And, at least for a little while, the family of God would be together.

Application: Two thoughts come to mind for me related to this verse, especially the phrase “together in unity”:

First, many people in the US will be visiting with family and friends tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday, myself included. I’ll see some people I don’t get to see very often, which is a treat. I guess that’s why this verse spoke to me. I don’t know it’s entirely accurate to say my family will be “together in unity”, but it will be something like that.

Secondly, I’m thinking about our nation as a whole. Our recent presidential election has revealed a deep divide between many of us Americans. It’s not pretty. I wonder, what it will take to unite us? Unfortunately, the one thing that has historically done the trick is tragedy – like Pearl Harbor or 9/11. I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, this morning we pray for unity – unity in our families. Unity in our nation. Unity across the globe. Give us grace to be peacemakers in a divided world. Amen.

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