Today is National Paperclip Day–I know, I know, don’t get so excited about this one. I know what you’re thinking–come on, seriously, paperclips?? But get a load of this–during WWII, people in Norway wore paperclips on their coats or made them into bracelets–why? Because Norway was invaded and controlled by Germany for five years. The Norwegians used the paperclip as a sneaky way to show unity (paperclips keep things together). It’s a super interesting story–eventually the Germans figured it out and made it illegal to wear paperclips.
Unity is a concept that God loves. There are many verses that warn about arguing, especially among other Christians. Satan likes to try and divide us, to make us argue about things that may not be important. We need to stay united in our faith, in our worship, and in our love.
Bringing God glory is something we need to stand together for. And our world needs people who can be united with each other–accepting of everyone as God’s children. There’s a song out right now and the lyrics say “In a world full of hate, be a light”. Spread unity and respect.
5 All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. 6 Then you will all be joined together. And all together you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God.
Romans 15:5-7 (ERV)
Dear Father, help me to bring love, laughter, hope and unity to those I see around me. Be with our world, help those who are hurting. Amen.