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August 2012

Our Togetherness Makes Us Stronger

By Rori Blakeney (SEJ)
One of the favorite parts about singing the Morehouse College hymn is clutching hands with our brothers and belting out the line, “So to bind each son the other into ties more brotherly.” If you have experienced a group of Morehouse Men singing that great anthem, you know the amazing experience. There is something about the unity of the voices coming together to pay homage and tribute to such an esteemed school. Well, I had this same experience recently. I along with four young people from Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, the congregation I am serving joined with 75 people from the Western North Carolina Annual Conference and Holston Annual Conference on a summer mission trip to Nassau, Bahamas. It was moving because for a week – that brief time we were together – I saw the Body of Christ. There was Jew nor Gentile among us. Class and status gave way to the call of God to go to the ends of the earth. It didn’t matter if we were from the city or the country, we were united by the love of the Living God. In that week, we learned to live together. We learned that we could share our resources and that none among us would be lacking. We learned that though our songs and beats are different that we sing of the gracious and loving God. So each time we heard Romans 12:4 -5, “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another,” we learned that our togetherness makes us stronger.