40 Days of Seeking Him Lent 2012 ~ We Are Many Parts

Last week, I shared about how we are all one family.

One song found in our hymnals at church that kept coming to mind for me on this theme  is We Are Many Parts by Marty Haugen.  So, I decided to dig into the Scripture that inspires this song.  Part of it was discussed at a recent Truth Pursuit meeting at 1 Corinthians is one of the books of the Bible where questions will come for the teens.

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1 Corinthians 12:12-27

12 For as with the human body which is a unity although it has many parts — all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body — so it is with Christ.

13 We were baptised into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free men, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink.

14 And indeed the body consists not of one member but of many.

15 If the foot were to say, ‘I am not a hand and so I do not belong to the body,’ it does not belong to the body any the less for that.

16 Or if the ear were to say, ‘I am not an eye, and so I do not belong to the body,’ that would not stop its belonging to the body.

17 If the whole body were just an eye, how would there be any hearing? If the whole body were hearing, how would there be any smelling?

18 As it is, God has put all the separate parts into the body as he chose.

19 If they were all the same part, how could it be a body?

20 As it is, the parts are many but the body is one.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ and nor can the head say to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’

22 What is more, it is precisely the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest which are the indispensable ones.

23 It is the parts of the body which we consider least dignified that we surround with the greatest dignity; and our less presentable parts are given greater presentability

24 which our presentable parts do not need. God has composed the body so that greater dignity is given to the parts which were without it,

25 and so that there may not be disagreements inside the body but each part may be equally concerned for all the others.

26 If one part is hurt, all the parts share its pain. And if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy.

27 Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.

I must confess that there are days when the Christian Church seems to be less than cohesive.  It’s nothing new as anyone who studies history can see how quickly people will tear into each other over a difference in opinion.

Thankfully, God is bigger than any individual and has not abandoned us. I do pray for unity so that all of the ‘parts’ can work together to glorify God and spread His Good News.

I did some searching for a You Tube video of this song.  Here’s the one I selected to share. (Turn up the volume a little as she’s quiet when talking before singing.)

 

 

More Ponderings~

The other thing that came to mind when reflecting upon this Scripture passage is how some Christian friends on Facebook responded to the launch of ABC’s new show, GCB.  I get that they were angered to hear what the letters stood for in the title.  And, as someone who avoids using vulgar language, I totally get feeling insulted over use of that particular term.

But, this curious viewer had to tune in and see just what the show was all about.  If the first episode is any indication, the show has the one character who’s avoided church for years spotting something that the creators of this show might have seen… hypocrisy!  The ladies who project the image of good Christian women in public are the same ones who act in very un-Christian like manners to get something they desire.

I’d love to believe that it doesn’t exist in any Christian church.  However, I know it does as we are all sinners trying to grow in relationship to God.  And, we have that pesky habit of avoiding the giant hunk of wood in our own eye while spotting that splinter in our neighbor.

 

Lord, help me to work in union with my brothers and sisters while living the life you call me to lead.  May I always walk the walk and not just talk the talk.  May my life be a testament to Your Love and a light to all I encounter.

And, when I spot that splinter in my neighbor’s eye, may I always check for that large hunk of wood in my own.

Amen.

 

 

This year, I am joining Trish @ A House Upon the Rock in co-hosting the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme.  The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able.

The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparing for Easter ~ crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections are all welcomed.

I hope you will join us on this journey as we prepare our hearts to receive the wonderful gift of salvation we’ve been given through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

 

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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.

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