When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
–verse 4, Blessed Be the Tie That Binds, John Fawcett, 1782
This verse brings a sense of peace to my heart. The first verse may ring familiar to those who have gone to traditional worship:
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
The binding spirit that interlocks us together is understood and unspoken. We share joy and sorrow. Multiplied and divided. Hopes and fears, comforts and cares are woven into life’s fabric when we bind together as God’s people.
I just celebrated my mother’s birthday and my dear friend’s birthday yesterday with family and friends. There were old friends, family, food, music, and each other’s presence –now back to the work week.
We Asunder Apart. Confident in meeting again.
May we bear witness to the love of God in this world.
So that those to whom love is a stranger
Will find generous friends
Bind us together with those who can make us strong to fight the enemy and help advance the good news. AMEN