Dew of Hermon | Psalm 133
The Dew of Hermon Reflection 35 of 35
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. Psalm 133 | ESV
“In the Christian community, thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian life. Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the highest good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious. We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things? If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is not great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ…Just as the Christian should not be constantly feeling his spiritual pulse, so to the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be constantly taking its temperature. The more thankfully we daily receive what is given to us, the more surely and steadily will fellowship increase and grow from day to day as God pleases. Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
How often do you find yourself being thankful for your church, your small group, your friends? How often do you find yourself complaining about them and wishing they were different? How can we find healthy rhythms of gratitude in our relationships with others?
Lord, thank you for those you among whom you have planted me in this life. Give me the grace to bloom right here, right now – and keep me far from bitter roots of discontent and resentment.
If you don’t have a small group to connect with, try finding one. If you do, don’t miss your next meeting. And when you go, take a moment to really see each face in that circle and be thankful for it.
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