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SUNDAY, September 20                  16 Pentecost

Philippians 1:27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.

I struggle with the idea of Christian unity, of being of “one mind” by faith. This has sometimes set Christians in opposition to their neighbors in ways that have been exclusionary and violent. We have drawn lines in the sand and divided communities. And yet, our brains are nothing more than millions of neurons firing in rhythmic sequences. We know there can be unity in a human body when it is healthy, and all the parts are working in harmony.

I pray that the one mind we find in community may always be greater than the sum of our individual hearts—and never less. This unity of hearts and thoughts creates more abundance and diversity of grace than any one heart or mind can hold.

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