Camaraderie. The word reveals a world worthy of exploring and learning to experience in lesser mutual struggles than that of war. Camaraderie develops due to one or more of several experiences. Molded together in battle against an enemy, or a tragedy as firemen rescuing a child from a burning house, even a team effort such as baseball etc. It can develop while being involved in group counseling as rapport spreads to the group. Prisoners of war and civil prisoners also experience a level of camaraderie due to the shared experience.
When the intense experience is over, unless replaced by another intense shared experience, a form of grief takes over. Futile attempts are made in the hopes of renewing the sense of being part of a whole that matters. Some seek this in some form of addiction, others in one fling after another and still others find comfort in some form of violence, ad infinitum.
The Christian concept of true fellowship is based on a form of camaraderie in that we are taught in the scriptures that we are sharing in the suffering of Christ as well as the glory of His resurrection from the dead. Furthermore, we are called to join with Him in the work on earth that remains to be done. The biblical term, ‘Yokefellow” (Phipp 4:3) embodies the experience in that we who know Him are typed as “fellow laborers with Christ.” Some translations use “Companion” which carries the modern idea of “joined at the hip.”
The emotional ties that I am talking about in today’s piece to honor our veterans is not easily discovered in everyday living. It should be a part of family life, but in our day many families are seriously broken and with the break comes the vacuum of the loss of companionship, camaraderie, co-laborers. Grief over this loss sets in and inner pandemonium reigns in place of the bonding together.
This “bonding”, camaraderie is told about by Pastor John Fawcett who wrote the song, Blessed be The Tie That Binds. It’s worth your time to read this short but moving account here:
Though Christians for the most part are unaware of this truth we are bound together with Christ and in the coming day, we will be fully aware of this tie that binds our hearts in full Christian love. Our inner longing, grieving will be over. All earthly camaraderie is but a shadow of that which will be when He comes for us.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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