Thinking of a group of people from different backgrounds, with different experiences, coming together and being in one place at one time is very fascinating to me. I think of this as I sit in a restaurant or on a bus. I look around and wonder about the story each person has. One of the most dramatic instances of a group of forty people from many different backgrounds coming together was on United Flight 93. This morning I was sitting in my chair, tears streaming down my cheeks as I read an article published a month and a half after September 11, Flight 93: Forty Lives, One Destiny. It tells the stories of the forty passengers and crew who banded together on that fateful day, to create such a commotion that the terrorists had to crash their aircraft into a field in Pennsylvania rather than accomplishing their goal of crashing into the Capital. And today, a memorial is standing in that field, commemorating the dedication and selflessness of forty people who chose to unite when it mattered most.
The church is also a place where people from different backgrounds, with different experiences, are supposed to come together in one place, at one time, to accomplish the impossible. We are facing a much more dangerous enemy than Al-Qaeda, but Jesus promises that Satan cannot overcome us. In fact, in the book of Matthew He says, "I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it" (Matthew 16:18). It's easy to get distracted by people's faults or the ways that they annoy us, but if we would just remember the common enemy and unite with our brothers and sisters, we too can thwart Satan's ultimate plans. May we pray for the dedication and selflessness it will take to unite together when it matters most. And may God be honored and glorified through His church.