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The Unity of the Believers
Shalom!! I hope all of you are well, and, as hope equals expectation, I expect that all of you are well!! Yes, sometimes, we gotta go through some stuff; but, we never have to go through any stuff alone!! We serve One who protects and provides through every step of every process!! HalelYAH!!
I love you all!
Pilipiyim (Philippians) 1:7--”It is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, all of you being sharers of the favor with me, both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News.”
The unity of the Believers.
Believers are united in “one body and one Ruach HaKodesh … one Master, one belief, one immersion, one Elohim and Avva of all” (Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 4:4-6). And, though some relationship may be less strong than others or just casual acquaintances, we need to be aware that all of such acquaintances are a part of the assembled congregation of Yisra’EL … AKA the children of Yisra’EL. And, as children of Yisra’EL, this world is not our home, we are all of us who are united in “one body and one Ruach Hakodesh … one Master, one belief, one immersion, one Elohim and Avva of all” (Eph’siyim 4:4-6) are on a pilgrimage in unity with one another.
I once officiated at a wedding for a very loving and lovely couple. In preparing the words and itinerary for the ceremony, knowing that this couple was about to become a blended family with both the man and the woman bringing his and her own children into the home, I asked, "What is one of the most important things you want to be able to take away from your ceremony? And what is one of the most important things you want your children to know regarding your legal union?" Both the man and the woman told me the answers to both questions were one and the same, "We want unity in our home, we want to show a unified front as husband and wife, and we want the children to know that they are not his or hers but ours. Unity."
At the wedding ceremony, I pulled from my left pocket a single strand of yarn. I explained that this yarn represented an individual with no one to help when help and hope were most needed. I then tore this lone piece of yarn into two pieces. Next, I pulled an eight-strand braided length of yarn(s) out of my right pocket. I asked the man and the woman if they understood the difference between a one-stranded yarn and an eight-stranded braided yarn ... they did. The eight-stranded braided piece of yarn represented the man and the woman, about to become husband and wife, along with the six children that would become a part of a united home. All eight souls, united under one roof and one covenant. They will be able to rejoice with each other in their strengths and endure with each other in their weaknesses ... because they are united. The cords, when united one with another, held fast and true, full of help, hope, and strength.
The point of the yarn ... alone, one can do nothing; with many others, and with the strength of Yeshua ha-Meshiach, anything is possible. No task is too difficult. No one person is lost to the frayed loneliness of the world.
I love you ALL!!
Bereshit (Genesis) 2:18--"And YeHoVaH Elohim said, 't is not good for the man to be alone, I am going to make a helper for him, as his counterpart.'" (TS2009)
Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) 4:9-12--"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one lifts his companion up. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Also, if two lie down together, they keep warm; but how does one keep warm by himself. Although one might be overpowered, two withstand him. And a threefold cord is not readily broken." (TS2009)
Mattityahu (Matthew) 18:20--"For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in their midst." (TS2009)
Baruch ata Adonai, ha-Melech me’hullal batishbachot.
Blessed are You, Adonai, the King to be praised in adoration.