Located in this beautiful Hudson Valley, Montgomery boasts an impressive array of historic homes, buildings and churches.  It is a community built on values and traditions that have thrived for over 200 years.  It is a place where people come together in many ways to accomplish great things.  It is a place of opportunity.  A place where people are helping people.  On a local level, you can’t settle for anything less than that.  We must commit to the idea that things don’t happen unless people work together.  Webster defines the word oneness as the quality or state of being made one; a condition of harmony and accord.  Contrary to the word oneness itself, one does not mean alone, as a community cannot be one unless all of us are in agreement and work together.  To reach a community of oneness, we need to look out for one another and do what’s best for our community at large.  We need to keep shopping local and continue to support our storefront businesses.  They make the village vibrant.  It is imperative that we continue to hold each other up and embrace as hard as we can to this sense of community that those who have gone before us have left.  That is what makes this community so strong.

But what about outside of the local community?  It seems to me that the farther you begin to venture outside the local level, the more you begin to realize it’s harder for people to agree.  How will we as a nation begin to fix anything if all we do is quarrel?  There must be more things that people can agree on.

The word agree comes from the word “symphonize,” and if you’ve ever been to a symphony, then you can appreciate the importance of agreement.  At the beginning of the symphony, the orchestra warms up, and this is where everyone plays on their own instrument without considering others.   But what do you get from that!?  A noise that stings the ears and sounds atrocious!  But when the conductor lifts the baton and everyone starts playing together, the racket stops and the orchestra begins to play something extraordinary.

So what makes the difference? The orchestra is in unity, and no one is doing things all on their own.  When everyone works together and does their part, the music is lovely, but on their own, the music doesn’t amount to much at all.  The Bible tells us in Psalm 133:1 that we too, need to harmonize together.  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”  In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul writes, “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Humility is when a person looks at another and says, “You know what?  You may be right!” Humility is when you consider another more important than yourself.  The next time you pick up and start playing your instrument, are you being considerate of others, or are you looking to team up with others to play something extraordinary?

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