"A city skyline sets the pulses of travelers racing with the promise of fruitful encounters.
'Living together is an art,' preached the minister William Pickens. It is an art perfected by urban dwellers."
- from a daily calendar
Perhaps some small-town and rural people will quibble with the city focus of this quote, but I think it's onto something. In a city, you run into people from all walks of life, and you can't avoid meeting people who are very different from you. You generally can't choose your neighbours, and you may not even know them, yet you live in very close proximity and depend on each other's good will on an everyday basis.
It's interesting that a quote from a sermon would be listed with the musings about urban life. However, it's a good way to highlight how interdependent we are to be within our church communities. Just as city dwellers need to learn to live together, and it is in fact an art, so do church members need to do so.
Only we in the church need to go a step further...we need to learn to love - as ourselves - all the people we brush shoulders with when we gather. To care about each other as much as we care about our biological brothers and sisters. Easier said than done, but it's a beautiful thing to see and be part of when it happens.