Then all the People of Israel came out. The congregation met in the presence of God at Mizpah. They were all there, from Dan to Beersheba, as one person!
when we are at our lowest, may we not cut off our fruitful branch. when we are at our most desperate, may we recognize the good in our life and let that flourish. when we are at our most downtrodden, may we run to you with your people and not away from you and away from the healthy relationships you have planted us in. may we not run away from your body in a misguided attempt to seek your face in isolation. thank you, jesus, for the unity that you have already given us, a bond that we get to grow and celebrate and invest in, which you make fruitful and flourish.