When a recent newspaper article related the theft of mercury and its resultant effects on those who had been exposed to the fumes inherent in the product, my mind went back to my childhood and the lighthouse in which my father was employed.   Twelve hundred pounds of mercury lay in a trough on which a ton and a half lens floated, facilitating the possibility for a person to move that lens with one finger.   On occasion, the lighthouse would sway seven inches or more during high winds.   When this happened, the mercury would slush over the sides of the trough and land on the keeper on duty at that hour.   Usually his watch and the money in his pocket took on a new look as a result of the experience. Following that somewhat “shaky” experience, the process of cleaning up the area took on another challenge.   Usually, a dust pan and broom achieved the desired goal of collecting the mercury and after wiping the dirt from the surface, it would be re-introduced to the trough.   As a child I was always fascinated with the discovery that though scattered in thousands of liquid balls, the mercury would always reunite as one.

While the whole Book of Ephesians speaks of oneness made possible through the blood of Jesus Christ… Jew and Gentile, stranger and fellow-citizen, sinner and saint, etc… the verses of 4:4-6 emphasize the “seven twisted cords of Christian unity”.   One body and one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all…

While you may cherish your denominational distinctive for worship purposes, the ultimate is whether you are “in” Christ Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John14:6) and who alone is the provider of access to God and heaven.   The beloved disciple, John, said that when we love God, we keep his commandments… the declarations of Scripture… the Bible becomes our guideline of living 24 hours each day.   Jesus Christ is our oneness.   Though forces split us momentarily, the uniqueness of our oneness in Christ forever seals our relationship. (Rom. 8:39)

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