13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 NLT

This blog is a little late in coming. I have been struggling with what the Lord would have me share after the events of this last weekend. This word seemed to jump out at me every time I heard anything about the attacks in Paris. Solidarity.

      noun sol·i·dar·i·ty \ˌsä-lə-ˈda-rə-tē\
: a feeling of unity between people who have the same interests, goals, etc.

It's interesting that this word didn't appear in the English language until the end of the 19th century, yet the idea that it represents is so key to our faith. Unity. As we pray for the victims, their families, the survivors, and for the souls of those that would perpetrate such a heinous act, this event is another reminder that as believers, no matter what race, creed, ethnicity, gender or status we must stand united for the cause of Christ. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, "...We all share the same Spirit." There is no room for division. We must stand together. There is no room for hate of people, only hate of evil. Our love must expand beyond our smallness, our pettiness. Let hope arise.    JM