How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! (Psalms 133:1 NRSV)
David Bissell was an Indiana pastor. His oldest son was four years old at the time. David was puttering around in the garage and his son was busy pounding nails and pulling nails out of a board. A while later David told his son that he had to go to a church board meeting and he would have to stop pounding nails.

David said he noticed the wheels turning in his son's little head. Suddenly his son asked, "Daddy do you use that hammer on the church board?" "Needless to say," says David Bissell, "when I shared the story with the board members, we all had a good laugh."

Well, I'm certain there are church boards and pastors who would like to drive nails in one another, but how much better it is when people share a common purpose in Christ Jesus.

God of unity, guide me as I work to build a shared purpose through Christ's ministry of love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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