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Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Blest be the tie that binds...
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds,
Is like to that above.
John Fawcett ~ 1782

The words of that song have come to mind as we worshiped with believers in various churches we have visited while traveling.  Whether it was in the jungle of Haiti, the mountains of Switzerland, the dessert of Arizona, the prairies of Canada or on the islands of Hawaii...there was that 'tie that binds'.  I recall in particular, a church service we took in while vacationing in Kona, Hawaii some time ago. Our early Sunday morning walk took us past the Living Stones Church where the 7:30 am service was just beginning. Though the little church was already full, there was plenty of room in the oceanfront overflow area...and so we joined the outdoor service. The time of fellowship ended with communion and though we knew not a soul in the congregation...we felt that 'tie that binds'.  How special to share that common link...our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we are in Christ, we share a bond that even the greatest diversities cannot break.

 But if we walk in the light, 
as he is in the light, 
we have fellowship with one another, 
and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
 1 John 1:7 ESV


  1. What a cute chapel. And a lovely post. I love the verse you chose.

  2. Amen. We will all eventually meet and know each other. Until that day.

  3. So true. I had to let you know that our Bible Fellowship Class is also called The Living Stones. 1 Peter 2:5. I so enjoy your blog.


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