Every Good Thing

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    ~  Romans 15:5-6
I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.  
     ~  David Gerrold
I am watching a uniting.  In my home, in my neighborhood, in the church.  People are coming together in so many ways.  It is more of a feeling, a sense of God’s Spirit.  Differences are being put aside, aspersions go uncast, kindness is emerging.
In my neighborhood, the way I know has a lot to do with our adopted dog, Kirby.  Kirby looks like a cotton ball. In fact, his breed “Coton de Tulear” means cotton of Tulear. His breed is the “royal dog of Madagascar” and he is known for being a companion dog.  Kirby is nine years old and as my friend Elisa says “he is very opinionated.”  This is very true.  He jumps at a passing car or wind, and growls at Fed-Ex trucks.  This very small dog has chosen one friend on the block, and this friend is also one of our friends.  As we walk, folks talk to us, folks I haven’t met because I have just not taken the time.  Neighbors I have always meant to meet talking, because of this wee old man.
All of us walk him, all of us are getting out more, have an avid listener when we have something on our mind, his little cocked head charming as he listens or tries to tell us something.  
At church the renovation is nearly done, and joy grows as we move toward that celebration. There are still many political divides, and those too are being put aside as we focus on what we have in common.  
At first, I read the quote from David Gerrold, and I wondered what it meant.  What I think it means now is that once we have lived many years and have good memories, that is not a license to stop living.  We must continue to live, making new memories, joining together to worship the God who made us, who really can see the big picture, who knows the snapshots as well.
Today, rejoice in the God who binds you together.  Look for the glint on the water, not the debris. For in that glint is hope as your life moves forward into a shining day.  Every good thing comes from God.
Because of Him,

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