Week of Prayer

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This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Unity. It reminded me of the story about an old man who despaired at his four sons, as they were constantly fighting each other.

He asked them all to come and see him. When they came, the old man gave them a bundle of sticks and said, “Can you break these sticks?”

The first son tried but nothing happened. Despite his hard efforts, he finally gave up.

The second son tried. He thought it would be easy. He tried his best to break the sticks but nothing happened.

Then, the third son tried to break the bundle of sticks, but he couldn’t do anything either.

Meanwhile, the youngest son jeered at his brothers and thought they were useless. He thought he was very clever and took one stick at a time and easily broke all of them.

The old father then smiled and said: “Children, do you understand what happened? It is always easy to break the sticks one by one. But when they are bundled together, none of you could break them. In the same way, you four brothers should always be together. No one will be able to hurt you then.”

The four brothers realised what their father was trying to teach them and forgot their differences and disagreements and learnt that unity is strength.

Colossians 3:14 says: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Maybe we need to consider what unites us rather than our differences?

Captain Kelston Stanford

Wetherby Salvation Army.