We had a missionary speak in our worship service a few years ago. He asked for volunteers. Two teenagers stepped forward. He gave them each three sheets of paper and said they were stepping stones. He marked out a large imaginary stream for them to cross and told them not to get wet. One tried while the other watched. It was too wide. These two brothers looked at each other, together laid out their six stepping stones, and easily made it across. They had everything they needed, but they had to do it together.
St. Paul reminded the Christians at Corinth that same was true of them. When they did things separately, they ran into all kinds of weakness. But if they worked together, they would be strong enough to meet any challenge because they already had everything they needed.
What are the situations in your life where you can join forces and resources with others? Where are the places where you can be stronger together than apart? What spiritual gifts others bring to you? What can you bring to them? Maybe it takes a missionary like the one at church that day, or like St. Paul, to remind us to be who we are.
Lord God of community, lead us to one another to find the strength of your Spirit. Amen. — TKR