Read: Psalm 133 (aligned with Year B, Easter 2)
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!
It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard,
Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.
It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion.
Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.
I don’t know about you, but my mother-heart resonated with this passage immediately: there is something so soothing and delightful when my children take a break from shouting at each other about Minecraft and actually get along for five minutes. And it made me think – lots of times verses like this are used as a tool to try to get us to behave, to get along, to keep the peace. But I think that this passage is actually encouraging us to find God in the moments of cooperation and connectedness, rather than find ways to enforce a particular behaviour. Some parenting advice calls it “catch them being good”.
Life is not always harmonious – and its not always safe to ‘just keep the peace’ either. Sometimes, dissenting and disagreeing, or creating distance and separation is the wise, safe, or just thing to do. I don’t think this psalm is encouraging us to pursue peace at the cost of our own wellbeing… but I do think it is an encouragement to find the blessing of God, the soothing oil, the refreshing dew, in the moments where we find like-minded friends and can rejoice in goodness together.
I encourage you this week to be mindful of the ways that the peace of God might be sneakily present in your daily life. Can you catch your kids in the act of getting along? Can you think of someone in your life who is like soothing oil for your soul (and send them a text, telling them how much you appreciate them)?