It has been too long since we have spoken dear friends. I am sorry. I offer the following not as an excuse but merely an explanation from one soul in need of this to another …
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. ” Psalm 133
Living in the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. Every once and a while God shows you just what these words can really mean. Sometimes He gives you that unity and peace in a way that makes you realize just how much you’ve been missing it!
Oh sure things might be going very well … you’re not fighting with anyone, there are no pressing issues, work is good, the family is doing well … life is fine.
But fine isn’t as good as it gets. God is rarely satisfied with just “fine”, not even if it is just for us.
Over the past few weeks God has shown me again and again, that as good as things are, they can always be better! A vacation spent with my wife and children. Round the clock quality time with those I love the most. Days of visiting family and friends. Seeing familiar faces, smiling at old jokes and remembering common experiences. You forget how good it can be … until you walk into that room and see someone you haven’t seen in years, and there is nothing to say – because nothing needs to be said.
You know. They know. It all just fits. There is a bond of unity and a peace which words cannot describe.
Be it shooting video-game zombies and eating junk food in your old home town. A meal and conversation that rightly began decades ago, but now shared with two families worth of children who weren’t there to hear it begin. Quiet discussions about things both deep and shallow in a car speeding through the open fields of Saskatchewan. A new adventure with old companions that fits like a precious old glove. (Even when the old body is not as willing as the young spirit!)
In each of these ways and more I have been blessed by God in these past weeks. Like precious oils to soothe an overlooked itch it has been an abundance of blessings overflowing in my already fine life. A dew that brings new life and a restored outlook. Such was the unity and bond I experienced by the hand of God through my dearest friends. Thank you one and all. Thank you!