March 22

Psalm 131; Psalm 132; Psalm 133; Psalm 140; Psalm 142;
Exodus 7:25—8:19
; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people
live together in unity! 
Psalm 133:1

Indeed! How pleasant it would be! “Imagine all the people, living life in peace …” as John Lennon once sang. It is hard to fathom how amazing it would be if we could reach this wonderful state these days. Especially when the news brings us more and more tales of violence, war, pain and horror. There is disagreement and disagreeableness everywhere you look. I am reminded of the beautiful song:

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me

So, perhaps there lies the answer for each of us. In order for us to live in unity, it is up to us, individually, to let that unity begin with ourselves. Of course it is easier said, than done, but perhaps, now more than ever, it is incumbent on each of us to make an extra big effort. To set a new bar for ourselves. To think long and deeply about what it would take for us to live in unity with everyone we encounter. One small step at a time, one minute, one hour, one day at a time, let us strive to truly reflect God’s love for absolutely everyone (yes, really – think about that for a second.) Flabbergasting, when you really see that we are all God’s people, no matter our nationality, color, creed, rich, poor, judge or janitor. As we approach the time when God makes the ultimate sacrifice of his son for love of His people, let us strive in small me