January 24

The Anointing Brings Harmony

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even lift forevermore.” Psalm 133

Remember the television show M*A*S*H? It was based on an American emergency medical unit in the Korean War. This group of people was composed of some very different personalities. There was Hawkeye Pierce, B.J., and Father Mulcahy. There was Colonel Potter, “Radar, and Hotlips Houlihan. They were always playing jokes on one another and arguing over different political views and the war. But there was always one thing that brought these characters together. It did not matter what particular argument was going on or what particular practical joke was being pulled, when they heard the sound of the choppers bringing in the wounded, they always were united in the O.R.

In our day of hurting and wounded people, we cannot afford to be one more church that spends all of its time arguing over things that will not matter in the light of eternity. We must bring our differences together and allow the Lord to merge them in unity of the Holy Spirit. 

Just as Aaron, the high priest was anointed on his head and the oil ran down his body, so the Holy Spirit descends from our great High Priest, Jesus Christ who pours His healing oil upon each of our hearts. Remember, anointing always brings harmony.

Prayer Focus: “Lord, Your presence in our midst at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church compels us to live in unity. Help us Lord, to continue to experience genuine harmony as we reach for the dream that You have given us. Lord, please show each of us what we can do to promote a unity of believers in our congregation. Amen."

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”