We really do need each other…

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1 Corinthians 12:14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Our human tendency is to value those like us and reject those who are not. Christians are often no better. I’ve had opportunity to share community with many branches of the American church – Roman Catholic, evangelical, mainline, charismatic, house church, and more. I find that Paul’s words are true. Each “member” of the body brings things often lacking in the others. We need them all. But we often miss out because we don’t trust one another.

Lord Jesus make us one as you Father/Son/Spirit are one. Amen.

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