Wind Chimes

By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.  1 Corinthians 12:12–14

I was sitting on my patio watching for hummingbirds and listening to the wind chimes. No hummers showed up for their free breakfast, so I decided to watch the wind chimes, as well as listen to them.

First, I noticed that when the breeze stopped, the melody stopped—obviously. The chimes had to touch one another to make sound. It was a team effort. One chime alone could not make the music, and they needed the outside force, wind, to move.

I think this is like community. We must touch each other’s lives to create compositions of blessing, praising God for the spirit that blows us into action, the outside force moving into us and allowing us to move and touch others.

Second, I focused on the different length of each chime. Short for the high notes and long for the deep notes.

We need them all—working together to make the melody complete. Each is important for a full range of notes.

Again, this reminds me of life. I would not like to think of what our communities would be like without the contribution of each member—the long and the short (me).

Our differences are what add to the variety of our worship, companionship, and outreach. Through our diversity, we have a unity that has blessed our community and created harmony to move forward in mission, sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace:

God of diversity, bless us in our callings. May we foster companionship and the Blessings of Community by reaching out to one another. May we build lasting peace based on our enduring principles and our wish to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God’s vision for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will not withhold myself from your diverse choir. I will encourage various voices to join the call to peace.

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