Psalm 133 (NIV version)
1 How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
I’m currently in the midst of coming up from the “Deep Water” weekend. It could not have gone better. The above Psalm was integral part of the weekend, and had a profound personal impact on me. In addition, historically it was very important to the monastic communities in the middle ages. In my heart I find it reassuring that we as a community of men this past weekend were connected to a longer legacy and a bigger community than any of us could imagine.
Watching the men interact with one another this weekend as they wrestled with angels and demons only to find that they have brothers that will stand with them in the midst of their trials; also brought to mind the traditional Orthodox icon of Peter and Paul that I have also included in this post.
I am honored that I have a community of brotherhood who trust me, and whom I trust, who are brave enough to dive into the depths of their heart in community and be utterly transparent. A rare and precious thing indeed. Kind of like fine oil….