Recently I had to call a plumber after several of my own fruitless attempts to unclog a bathroom sink. After several unsuccessful phone calls and a visit from one plumber who could find no clear cause for the drain backup, I knew I needed more wisdom.
Who in my community might be able to advise me? Who would “have my back,” as folks say? After all, isn’t that the way God meant for us to live–in community—providing our skills and gifts to those who need them?
I called one of my brothers, who offered to stop by after work that day. My brother spent three slow, patient hours helping me. Over and over, we disassembled pipes and rodded the drain from the wall. Repeatedly, we reassembled the plumbing, applied teapots of boiling water and a plunger. Finally, everything flowed smoothly.
My experience with the drain was a reminder I needed: God does not intend for us to walk through this world alone.
This message is excerpted from “My brother had my back” by Elizabeth Hunter from the September 15, 2016, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, c. 356 and Pachomius, renewer of church, 346.
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