Cherish The Body

            Captain Brothers contemplated what he should write in his report to Star Command concerning the events of the past few days.  His ship, The Wayfarer,  had responded to a distress call from a colony of humans that no one knew existed.  They needed food, medicine, and tools, which he could readily provide, though it would mean restocking his own supply a bit sooner than expected.  Many were ill and dying, so help was certainly in order.  The mission was a significant diversion from his original assignment and involved moderate risk, since the colonists’ small planet was in enemy space.  How did these strangers arrive on such a forlorn outpost in the first place?

            They called their community “The Body.”  It appeared they lived quite frugally and resourcefully in the midst of a hostile environment.  Remarkably, they spoke the same language as he and his crew.  More peculiar was the gut feeling Brothers had that he knew these people from somewhere, but he couldn’t put his finger on how that could be.  They made him and his crew feel refreshed and at home.  He hoped Star Command would allow him and his crew to learn more and fill in the blanks about these mysterious people.

            With his brain brimming, he arose to write his report, while his thoughts were fresh in his mind.

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John 17:9, 14-16—“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine….I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

Phil. 3:20–For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

Eph. 4:4-6–“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

John 13:34-35—“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Rom. 12:10, 13-16—“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;…Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Rom. 14:19—“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

Gal. 6:1-2, 10—“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ….As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

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