What Dumbledore has to say to your church
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." said Dumbledore to his students in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Dumbledore's wisdom reverberates beyond the walls of Hogwarts and to us in the church.
A Stressful Pilgrimage?
God's Old Testament people used to make the lengthy trek to Jerusalem for three annual pilgrimage festivals. They travelled from all over Israel to go worship God in the temple.
And like the people in your church, they came from all different walks of life.
The journey must have been pretty testing.
Think of the stress of packing up for a weekend camping trip with your church family, let alone a two-hundred mile trek!
But King David didn’t mention anything about stress.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Well, on the journey, the people remembered their shared history as God's people. They were brought out of slavery in Egypt.
God judged their slave masters, and spared them judgement by accepting the blood of a substitute lamb which their ancestors painted on their door posts (Exodus 12:12-13).
Remembering their shared history, allowed them to remain united on the journey.
We’re also pilgrims.
Not on a journey to meet God in a temple, but face to face (Revelation 22:3-4).
Like the people making their way to Jerusalem, we should make sure we keep meeting together.
Because when we do, we remind ourselves of our shared history as God's people, rescued by the blood of a substitute lamb.
The blood of the Lord Jesus, ‘the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ (John 1:29).