Daily Dose, May 25 — Psalms of Ascent

  Atlanta traffic is an experience beyond words! If you hit the roads in the morning or late afternoon, you could easily triple the time it takes you to get where you are going. The temperament of the drivers on the road with you is sometimes incredibly considerate. They’ll see your blinker and let you merge, give you space, so everyone can make the slow journey. Sometimes there are drivers on the road with you who are incredibly INconsiderate! They are the ones who ignore your blinker, work to stop you from merging, because somehow that one car length is just too great a sacrifice. They are the ones who weave in and out of lanes, and cut people off and seem to give no thought to fellow drivers who are making the slow journey, too. One set of drivers is thoughtful, considerate and respectful, and one set is not. Reality is, we are all in it together, and it is so much better when we can be together, unified on our journey. Everyone is going somewhere different, and it is great when we are able to honor others as we pass along on the journey. The psalmist put it this way, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1) We are the kindred -- are we living together in unity? Living together in unity means that we have respect and consideration for others on their journey. In a time when it sometimes seems like everyone is taking sides, to consider unity as a goal may seem radical. Let’s be radical! Let’s be a people who want what is good and what is pleasant, and let us all strive to live together, unified in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord! -- Rev. Terri Henkel