Good and Pleasant

“Behold,  how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1

Sports enthusiasts take great pleasure in their teams working in unison and winning games.

Lord, may we seek ways to be united, despite differences, in order to please You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Soaked

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As oil poured
upon the head

runs down to
the garment’s edge

so does the Spirit
thoroughly soak

those working together
sharing His yoke.

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35 Comments

  1. Hallelujah! How it blesses the Lord to see His children united in their love of Him and in their love for one another as well. As a parent, it always blessed and continues to bless me when I see my children united, playing together, working together, defending each other and loving one another… If it blesses me to see the love my children have for one another, how much more does it bless God to see His children united in love?

    Much much love to you, my beloved sister,
    Cheryl

  2. There is probably no greater testimony a church can give to its community than to be united.

  3. Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  4. Bless you

  5. People are always watching Christians, and especially local churches, to see if they can “get along”. What a blessing it is to Christians, churches and the lost world when there can be peace and unity in the midst of a selfish self-centered world.
    Thanks for a great principle we can apply to our lives everyday
    Lord bless you as always Deb.

  6. AMEN

    God bless you Deb

  7. “…Sports enthusiasts take great pleasure in their teams working in unison and winning games.

    Lord, may we seek ways to be united, despite differences, in order to please You . . .”

    Once, Billy Martin, the manager of the Yankees, said, “I’d start Adolf Hitler at second base if he could field and hit well enough for our team to win.”

    As ridiculous as his words may sound, it reveals the focus needed for a sports team to win and not care about the differences in each teammate.

    If only we Christians had that same attitude about the differences in our brothers and sisters in Christ…maybe it will happen soon.

    Kabash. Boom. Kazowie. Another winner! Thursdays are especially good days to enjoy sauerkraut, but tell Aub Ketchup helps the taste a little.

  8. Amen!

  9. This is one of my favorite verses to quote … to my three boys 🙂

  10. Debbie, you’ve painted a lovely picture of the body of Christ working in unity!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  11. Beautiful, as always 🙂

  12. I’m with you, on delighting in my children getting along and loving each other. Great way to show us how it’s the same way with God! Love you and God bless you!

  13. Wonderful insight and comment, Pastor Bill! Thank you and God bless you as you seek unity within your church and with others!

  14. Thank you for reblogging! God bless you always!

  15. Thank you and God bless you too!

  16. Thank you for showing us how we are always being watched. May whoever is watching see something good and pleasant, Pastor Rob! 🙂 God bless you as you please Him today!

  17. God bless you and all the ways you seek to please Him! Thank you for being here!

  18. Thank you, Mr. Larry! Your comments are always one of the highlights of my day! 🙂 God bless you as you focus on Him, not the differences .
    p.s. we have a problem . ..Aub doesn’t like ketchup either. oh well . .back to butter and donuts!

  19. Good to see you , Martha, and God bless you bunches!

  20. I am smiling Heidi! Good job on picking this verse for the boys! 🙂 God bless you and thank you for your sweet encouragement!

  21. Thanks! You as well, Sister!!

  22. Thank you for doing your part in it all, Wendy! God bless you muchly! Off to see if you posted this week and if I missed it! 🙂

  23. Good to see you, beautiful Ida! God bless you and your sweet ones!

  24. Awesome Deb! I am picturing the oil of the Spirit flowing down from our Head – Jesus and drenching our garment (Praise) as we walk out what God has planned for us to do – Spirit drenched praise on our lips creating unity as we focus on what we all agree on – Jesus.

    It’s really amazing – i am working on a board of men right now who are quite diverse from extremely reformed to EvaChrariCostals like me, and we have agreed to start where we all agree, and build out.

    It is wonderful how rich it is as we, in love and honor hear each other out and see where there is agreement.

    I have never been in a situation where there was such unity in so diverse a group. – AWESOME when brothers dwell in unity!

  25. Perfect verse and perfect poem for our day, dearest Deb.
    As you know, I’ve been thinking a lot about Brennan Manning recently and your poem reminded me of Philip Yancey words about his friendship with Brennan:
    “Our backgrounds could hardly have been more different – Southern fundamentalism versus Northeastern Catholic – and yet by different routes we had both stumbled upon an artesian well of grace and have been gulping its water ever since.”

    May the same be true for all of us – by different routes, no doubt, but drinking together deeply from the well of His grace!

  26. I love the visuals you get, Mr. Ben! 🙂 They help further what I’m thinking, deepening the idea. I’m so glad that you get to witness and be a part of that unity of the brethren firsthand! Yay! God bless you and yours muchly! Thank you for blessing us here!

  27. Wow, gracious friend . ..drinking together deeply from the same well of His grace. That is so beautiful and humbling and true. Meet you at the well!!! 🙂
    Thank you for popping in! love you and God bless you!

  28. This is an “OH WOW”, Deb–such a good word; and sadly, I have so far to go yet re differences and unity. Oh well, I’ll just keep trucking forward. God bless you. I do love both Bubba’s and Debbie B’s comments–I’m definitely “gulping” grace water (now, if we could just add some carbonation and dark Pepsi color and flavoring…)

  29. Love you and God bless you, Jaels. I think we all have far to go! It is always easy to write little posts .. .but then comes the time to walk it out! And now I’m flat out running to the well .. .since you’re bringing the good stuff to add ! 🙂 ( I’ve gone without for a week – withdrawal has set in! haha!)

  30. Debbie…your words and images are like love pouring out. I can *feel* them. *Thank you*. I love the image of the oil flowing down to the garment’s edges…to the lowest places of hurt, for healing. The olive oil picture is just beautiful. I have a book where a woman said “when you get down to the low” that’s where you can find Jesus. I like the way she said it “down to the low”…

  31. One of the most common complaints about a local Church is that there are just as many complaints and ill-feelings and arguments in a Church as in any other group of people. Non-believers know a Church gathering SHOULD be different.

    How wonderful to hear newcomers to a Church comment on the love and ‘togetherness’ of the people. That is the way it should be!

  32. I really love what that woman said too, Brook .. the when you get down to the low. So beautiful and real! Thank you for sharing that! I read a blog quite awhile back that was talking about the thin places . ..the times where we feel close to God. Your comment reminded me of that too! God bless you , Brook, as He pours out His love on you today!

  33. I’m praying that we hear more and more about the love and togetherness of His people, mentor Angela! Thank you and God bless you and your heart for Him!

  34. Oh Deb, that is so beautiful. I am so glad you shared that!

    Love,
    Theresa

  35. Thank you for encouraging me so much, Theresa! Love you and God bless you and yours!


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