No East or West

east-vs-westAnd a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

–Just a couple simple things I’m thinking of. What must it have been like to grow up with the Savior as a sibling?

–I don’t know how often I’ve sung “I’m So Glad I’m a Part of the Family of God”…but to really think about these truths:

1. The entire human race is one family. One. We all have common ancestry, although our outward appearances and cultures may differ. We can all trace our family tree to the same root. Point to anyone on TV, in a video, captured in a photograph, or sitting two tables away at a restaurant. They are all family.

2. That family closeness is enhanced and crosses all cultural barriers through Christ. I could attend church in Nairobi, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Beijing, Warsaw, New Delhi, or Toronto today…and even though I may not understand the language in some of these places, there is still a bond among us.

These things are astounding to think about.

In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.

In Him shall true hearts everywhere
Their high communion find;
His service is the golden cord,
Close binding humankind.

Join hands, then, members of the faith,
Whatever your race may be!
Who serves my Father as His child
Is surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both East and West,
In Him meet North and South;
All Christly souls are one in Him
Throughout the whole wide earth. ~Wm A. Dunkerley, 1908

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