1 Corinthians 12:17-21 (NRSV)

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

Did you ever have one of those days when everything that could go wrong did go wrong?  That is why I am writing this from a Caribou Coffee in Burnsville.  Here is the scenario…

When I picked up my Jeep at Northfield Auto Care, I was surprised to see my son-in-law, Matt.  He was bringing in his car to have his driver side window repaired.  It would take two days.  I offered him my Jeep if he would drive me out to Trondhjem because I knew Pastor Janet could pick me up after choir.  While in my office, I got a call from our son, Christian, whose truck would not start.  He got his truck to Northfield Auto Care.  Later, Pastor Janet called me to make sure I had a car to get her to choir, because our son was using her car.  “No,” I said, “I did not.  Call Sandy and see if she can give you a ride to choir and us a ride home.”  Thank you, Sandy for helping us out.  But then our son still had to get to the airport this morning for a 6 am flight to Chicago.  The only vehicle available was Pastor Janet’s car…so here I am in a Caribou Coffee in Burnsville waiting for my 8 am meeting at a Perkins.  And, I need to get the car back to Pastor Janet by 10:15 am.

This passage of scripture came to my mind because it reminds me of how connected we all are.  The scenario describes the connections within my family, but it also includes Sandy.  And, I guess I could say that it includes the Caribou Coffee that was open at 5:30 am and had an internet connection.  We live in a world in which we are not independent, functioning all on our own.  We live in an inter-dependent world.  We absolutely need each other. 

That is the most apparent when difficult times arrive in our life, but I hope that I remember to recognize those connections in my everyday life as well.  What are your connections in your life?  Who will make your life a little better today?  We can take for granted, or not even acknowledge, all the people who make our life what it is.  Let us remember today that “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’”  We all need each other.  We depend on each other.  We all know that.  As a church we are called to be a large extended family that helps each other.


Dear Lord Jesus, we are your body in the world today.  May each of us look for the small ways in which we can assist others and make their lives a little better.  In your name we pray, Amen.

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