Take a look at your Spotify playlist for a moment and compare it with a friend’s (from a distance). There is probably a significant difference between your lists! Music is an incredible expression of the creative nature of the Creator with such a wide range of styles that it’s often difficult to clearly label a piece of music with a specific genre.
The more than 65 tours of prospective PCS families so far this school year always include a reference to the 90+ churches represented in the PCS student body. Each church has its own unique style, characteristics and passions. The range, like your Spotify list, is impressive and diverse.
The Covid 19 situation has revealed other diversities. Are you a toilet paper hoarder or someone who purchases on demand? Are you an introvert who appreciates some of the isolation or an extrovert who doesn’t know what to do with themself right now? Are you a stay home and read person or a get out there and hike/bike/run person? Are you stressed and anxious or are you unphased? Are you looking forward to “remote learning” with your children or do you shudder at the thought?
We need to celebrate diversity as a gift. We also need to celebrate the unity that is part of diversity. Diversity in styles and opinions helps us make healthy decisions that take the breadth of human experience into consideration.
Talking about the churches represented at PCS always focusses on their unity around Jesus and how we are called to be Christ followers. Our hope is that it echoes the prayer of Jesus in John 17 where he prays, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “ (verse 22, 23).
May we experience unity in our diversity as we make many decisions over the next few weeks. Unity as we launch into remote learning, as we support each other and as we travel together but separate for the next while. Ultimately, may we be labeled with diverse unity and may it draw others to Christ.
Blessings on the journey ahead.