But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. – I Corinthians 12:18-19
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. Different expressions of gratitude, respect, appreciation and love showed up in so many places. I didn’t see a parade or hear any bands. Something else really beautiful happened. From Sunday through Monday morning people poured in with the stockings filled with love for our deployed military friends. Sacks of donated items arrived. Envelopes with funds for shipping were placed in the baskets. Stockings filled with love began to overflow!
Stockings prepared. Boxes packed. Prayers offered. And in the middle of the “task”, something holy began to emerge: A ritual of offering; a rhythm of tending; an act of deep gratitude and Love.
Today they leave our hands and prayers and move into the hands of deliverers, trucks, airplanes and ultimately…into the hands of men and women who are serving on behalf of our country. When the body of Christ reaches across the world with one voice to say “thank you; we see you; we love you”, the earth begins to look a little more like heaven. Every part matters…yours too!
Lord, thank you for nudging each of us to do our small part today. And thank you for the ways you connect us so we can experience the joy of being one. Please bring more of heaven to earth in us. Amen.
Here as in Heaven – Elevation Worship