That old King James Version puts it so grandly:
“Behold! How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
In its full sense, ‘brethren’ means ALL of God’s men and women, boys and girls… whomever, wherever, whenever.
We find this exemplary saying in Psalm 133, Verse 1.
In Garland, this verse’s ‘dwelling’ place is when groups of God’s people come together to work and serve alongside each other for the sake of those who hurt and struggle.
The ‘unity’ this Psalm references is the unity of purposeful compassion and helpfulness.
Much of that brethren-unity has been going on around here since the December 26, 2015 tornado.
God’s folks of all ages, stages and types have labored in joy, shoulder to shoulder, in common cause and uncommon delight in and for each other and those they seek to help.
And not only toward tornado victims.
On Saturday, July 23, a company of brethren including God’s Old Geezers from First United Methodist Church Garland, New Hope Fellowship in south Garland and a couple of Baptist Habitat For Humanity guys crossed Duck Creek together to build a badly-needed wheelchair ramp for Bill and Anita Sanders at their Avenue B home.
The unity of purposeful compassion and helpfulness was inspiring.
And the fun and joy were knife-cutting thick.
Thanks be to God!