The waves were very high today, causing the seashells just off the shore to rub and jostle one another. They make a pleasant sound, almost musical as they bump and mingle, tumbling together. Most are broken fragments, but that only adds to their song; in fact, those shells that are perfect and whole seem to produce less melody. I think of God’s church, broken people coming together, letting God’s power wash over them, creating beautiful music in the process. We touch one another with hugs or handshakes; we support one another with gifts of cooked meals, notes, emails, and phone calls. We pray for one another and celebrate successes. I thank you, Lord, that you have given us a church where the broken in spirit can join to create your beautiful music and harmony. Amen.