I fitted a set of new strings.
The old ones were beginning to sound dull and flat and show signs of corrosion. It’s a fine quality instrument but even the best need fresh strings on a regular basis for the music to stay sweet.
Now each string rings bright and clear, and better still, with careful tuning they all sound good together playing harmonious chords.
People, and groups of people are similar.
Often we need refreshed for our lives to stay ringing true and good. And we should make every effort to be in harmony with others if the whole community is to thrive.
It’s not always the case in business, politics, local organisations or churches!
But I’m reminded of a short Psalm that calls it ‘good and pleasant’ when people dwell together in harmony. In such places God ‘commands a blessing’. (Psalm 133)
The news sadly often features people blaming ‘the other side’ for problems. I heard one exception recently when a politician thanked a member of an opposing party and wished him well. These men disagreed deeply on many issues but could acknowledge and respect each other, and for the sake of the whole community strive to work together harmoniously. Considering our troubled background in this part of the world this was most impressive.
More than ever in this uncertain 21st century I would suggest we should be praying for refreshing grace through Christ, wisdom, courage of conviction and mutual respect for ourselves and others, even potential ‘enemies’. So that our life and work might blend together positively, like good music to be enjoyed by all.
And that together we might know God’s blessing.