Sister Sync —

As I sat in the pulpit last Sunday, I noticed two sisters. One arrived in the sanctuary before the other. When her sister arrived, a few minutes after the first was seated, the second sister poked her head in from one of the side doors, peeking like a crane on a mission, until she noticed where her sister was seated. When she located her sister, the other found her and sat beside her.

One of the things that struct me was they both had similar black and white checked designs in their jacket -tops with black skirts. After church, I asked them to take a photo with me. Both are private, so I am not mentioning their names. I asked them if they had planned to dress alike. They said, no, it just happened that way. The way they dressed reminded me that they are so much in sync with each other that they look like a pair.

I know these two sisters. They are friends. They often talk with each other. They travel together. Their husbands like each other, kind of like brothers, golfing and attending sporting events. They all get along. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians that he hoped the church would be of one accord. To be of one accord does not mean that you must think the same, but we ought to be able to get along, relate to one another, and move in a positive direction. I encourage you to think about your family relationships and pray to the Lord that you might be of one accord.

Philippians 2: 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it take for sisters and brothers to be in synch with each other?
  2. What do you like most about your sisters and brothers?
  3. What do you regret about your family relationships?

Prayer: God, I thank you for my sisters. God, I thank you for my brothers. Help me to appreciate every moment, every day, every opportunity to share, support, suffer together, laugh together, with my sisters and brothers. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Deacon Clifford Rockefeller

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Php 2:2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.