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Learning from Bees


"The body is not made up of one part but of many." 1 Corinthians 12:14 (NIV)

Andrea Ramirez Zabala, from Puerto Rico, tells a story of what she learned from bees. In February 2017 the government evacuated her family, neighbors, and friends in the La Barquita community in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They were all relocated to a new community with better living conditions. A week after Andrea moved into her new house, a swarm of bees arrived. She was unsure what to do. She did not want to harm them, but she also did not want to share living quarters with them.

Andrea hoped that through prayer she would be able to determine what God was trying to teach her with the bees, so she asked her church family to pray with her. She then turned to the Bible. When she read 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13, she recalled that bee colonies are united in their work to produce honey and keep the colony running smoothly.

We can follow the example of unity we see in bee colonies by working toward God'd purpose in harmony as a family, congregation, and community. When we come together for the greater goal of furthering God's kingdom, we can be as unified and effective as a bee colony, working as one body.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to work for your kingdom united through Christ. Amen.


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