Yesterday our whole family went to a friend’s choir’s concert. We don’t do this kind of thing often, but my friend asked and our kids seemed pretty keen on going.
While many of you know that I’m not much of a singer, I can still appreciate the vocal prowess needed to be part of a choir. As I listened to the singing, how the different parts worked together and blended to make a simple sound much more full and complex and yet amazingly beautiful, I couldn’t help but glance at how our kids were reacting to it all.
We had one kid who was clearly bored out of their mind. Then another who was listening but looking around the space a lot, seeing what interesting things could be focused on at the same time. And of course there was the clown that was air-drumming to almost every song.
I just couldn’t help but think that like the singing of different parts and covering different facets of the music, so our family is also very diverse, each kid (and parent) with their own personality, strengths, and inevitable weaknesses, but still we come together as a family, enjoying each other’s company and wanting to just be in each other’s presence.
All in all, it was a good day and I’m thankful for our uniqueness that still somehow works together.
This coming Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday, where we remember and honour the Holy Trinity (if that wasn’t obvious enough). We aren’t out to explain how the Holy Trinity works, thank goodness, as that would be a pretty difficult feat in itself, but we can look at how the Holy Trinity works together.
In that the three persons of the Godhead are diverse, but work together. They are different, but somehow fit. They are unique, but still entirely the same.
Creator, Christ, Counsellor. Shepherd, Saviour, Spirit. Master, Messiah, Mother. Father, Forgiver, Friend.
And we are created in this image. This image of diversity and unity, this image of difference and similarity, this image of uniqueness but uniform. This is the church, God’s kingdom, the body of Christ.
I am thankful for who we are as individuals and as part of community. I’m thankful for our different gifts and talents and the same goal to love and serve God and neighbour. I’m thankful for who we are created to be in God’s image as different facets of the same one body. It is just amazing.
Thanks be to God! Have a great week, everyone!