Fife Interfaith Group

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Bringing people of all faiths together through mutual understanding of teachings, traditions, and practices

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September 2020 Thought For The Month - Walking Together

In my studies this week I came across a scripture that fits with our year-long theme of “Connections”. The scripture can be found in Amos 3:3 and the King James version of the bible reads like this:

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

There are not two of us in this call tonight who can agree of everything. My wife and I disagree sometimes but we are happy to walk together because we understand that we each look at things with different eyes.

Recently I did a sponsored cycle for Alzheimer. I agreed to cycle 100 miles in July and despite typical July weather, I did it. My effort didn't make a huge difference to those afflicted with this disease but I believe it made a small difference.

As I pondered this scripture in Amos, I realised that although I cycled those 100 miles on my own, I had virtual companions who were all cycling on behalf of the same cause.

So, what connects this disparate group of individuals assembled on this call? I submit that it is our desire to bring people of different faiths and beliefs together, to learn from each other and inclusively service together in the community.

On a person note, I love learning from you. I enjoy your companionship and the different take you have on how best to live your life. I hope we can all agree that serving our fellow human beings makes us happy, as if God himself is pleased with our efforts.

“We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to 'find' ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!”

Spencer W. Kimball (1973 – 1985)

By Iain Liston