Can We Talk About Mortar?

On a recent quest to add some new life to our annual stewardship campaign, my co-pastor John Miller and I found ourselves deep in the basement of the church filming a short video.  There in front of the stones, big and small, that hold up 150 feet of steeple, we encouraged the members of the church to be a part of annual stewardship with their pledges – big or small – that together we all might bear witness to the goodness of God.

One keen-eye church member watching the video emailed back, saying “Hey, can we talk about the mortar?”  Sure enough, our building has had a history of mortar that has too much sand in it.  With a bit of rain and wind and time, it is prone to disintegration that has merited some substantial repair over the years.

Watching the news these days as much as I can stomach, I wonder and worry about the mortar – and not just of our building.  What does hold us together – as a church, a denomination, a country… humanity?

A dose of solace comes from being a part of a wedding recently where the couple bypassed 1 Corinthians 13 and read Colossians 3 instead.

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.”

The mortar of love and peace.  It is bestowed freely upon us all, and is able to bind all things together.

All things.

The daily questions: will love be in the regular wardrobe rotation, even when it doesn’t seem to fit so well?  Will I let the peace of Christ rule above all else that clamors for heart and mind, and above all else that erodes the mortar?

Dan Love serves as Co-Pastor at Rye Presbyterian Church in Rye, NY.

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