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ASTOR'S PAUSE February 15, 2018 Together…Someone said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” That adage is one of the wisest I have heard in a long time. We are living in a time when nobody works together. From every corner of the globe, people are abusing and misusing one another in ways that amaze and dismay. Perhaps it is the technological world in which we have evolved that has pushed us headlong into our little cocoons leaving us isolated and trapped without any means of socialization. Perhaps it is the need to possess bigger-and-better everything than did our forbearers. Perhaps it is even that we have lost our desire to live in harmony with one another.
There are varieties of illustrations that encourage humankind to come together. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 1 (KJV), we find these words:
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
We, in the Christian community, have entered into the season called Lent – a time when we prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. We need only to look within ourselves to find that reasoning power that leads us from malevolence to benevolence. Togetherness is what the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of the universe designed us to embrace from the time of the formation of those first two human beings until there is a last. Traveling along life’s way, we must focus on such positive conceptualizations as joy, kindness, and uprightness.
As we look ahead to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ with hope and faith in our hearts, may we “come together, keep together, and work together faithfully abiding in love and peace with one another…in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…