Times of gathering together usually cause us to reflect on how we have handled our relationships. Some of Solomon’s thoughts could apply to our relational history. There is an appointed time, a season for every purpose, for every design of God in the earth. There are times to embrace and times to shun embracing. There are times to tear apart and other times when the focus is on sewing together
There will come seasons to separate relationally, but there will also come times to restore relationships. Esau and Jacob finally had their day of embracing and weeping together. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but one day all was forgiven. There came a day for Israel to come together to establish David’s throne, but his commander
murdered Saul’s commander, who had come in peace, so the manifestation of the Kingdom was delayed.
The challenges of being together again could be just opportunities to shift into our next assignment of advancing the Kingdom through healed relationships. Maybe the words of the Apostle Paul are wisdom for us right now; “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men." (Romans 12:18 NASU) If it depends on us, then at the
very least, we can learn more about what true unity looks like.