Keep The Faith Friday: Joining the Symphony 

“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew‬ ‭18:18-20‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Being autistic means that I also have sensory processing issues. Loud noises normally have a negative impact on my mental, emotional, and sometimes physical health. I loathe loud noises because it is an absolute assault on my brain. Honestly my brain is just not built for loud people, places and spaces. 
There is one thing that I do like loud. I like my music loud. When people ask me why loud music doesn’t bother me I tell them it’s simple. It’s because the instruments are united. 
In Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus shares some age old wisdom about the power of harmony. After spending sometime sharing about the value of humility and community, Jesus turns his attention to sharing about the value of harmony. In fact the very word Jesus uses for “agree” is where we get the English word for symphony.

Jesus makes a promise worth paying attention to. Harmony helps with experiencing the divine. Surrounding ourselves with those who are seeking the same is like experiencing the beauty of a symphony. 
One valuable lesson I’ve learned in my personal life, ministry life, and autism advocacy is to silence the noise of negativity by signing up for this spiritual symphony. 

If you want to avoid the noise of negativity surround yourself with people who are seeking and celebrate the presence of the divine and not the painful noise of division. 
Divine health, help, and hope is found in harmony.
Keep the faith. 
Pastor L a.k.a The Autism Pastor

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