Dispatch One Hundred Twenty-Seven

Posted: April 12, 2015 in Thirty-Second Bundle
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PSALM 133

How very good and pleasant it is
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
    life forevermore.

How very good and pleasant indeed! And yet how rare and endangered true community can seem, especially so in times when our differences outnumber and threaten to overwhelm our agreements. In truth, even though genuine community is the ultimate aim of the evolutionary process itself, valid historical and present-day examples are fewer than we might think and its existence is much more vulnerable than we would wish. The destabilizing forces of egoism (individual selfish ambition) and tribalism (over-identifying with the group) are to some degree constantly present beneath the surface and interfering with its formation and health.

For the next several readings we will be reflecting on the elements of true community, those essential virtues that allow for the genesis and fulfillment of what Jesus called the reign (“kingdom”) of God. The first of these we will name trust, interpreted as the acknowledgment of dependence on realities and persons outside oneself, along with the willingness to adopt a belief in another’s dependability (trustworthiness). Making ourselves vulnerable is a function of how secure we feel in relationship, and also how trustworthy we feel ourselves to be. Our trust in others is a function of our willing and full release to the God of grace.

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