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Synergy is, “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.”

Synergy is very dangerous when it comes to meds or to drug addiction. It can and will kill you. Don’t mix substances. This is why nurses often ask for your med list first, before they address the fact that you have a spear sticking out of your head. Synergy is so serious, the spear is actually a secondary threat to your health.

Synergy is why we have such a public health crisis, such a tragic loss of life due to opioid addiction and drug overdoses.

On the bright side however, synergy can also be a good thing. It has spiritual implications. There is power to be found there. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

Synergy is also why we are told, And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

As the Body of Christ a few of us together will,  “produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” Synergy. We can’t do it alone or go it alone, and divided and separate we have far less power in which to affect anything at all.

If you’ve ever watched wolves hunt sheep, what they do is separate, divide, and control. They herd their prey away from the flock. Bunched together as a group, sheep have synergy and wolves don’t want to get trampled, so they must try to trigger some fear, spread the herd out, and isolate a few in order to pick them off.

It’s terrible to watch wolves hunt, but it is a fabulous analogy for the Body of Christ sometimes. I live in the land of Rugged Individualists, everybody going their own way, fences and walls erected, moats dug, divisions drawn in the sand.  The other day I was talking to someone from the far  right and someone else from the far left. About all that unites us is the “far” part. We are a land of extremes.

That spirit of defiant and perpetual individualism that plagues us, weighs on me sometimes. It isn’t right. Something is all broken. It should not be. I am keenly aware of this and have been for sometime. I pray a lot for those walls to come down, for synergy to build within the Body of Christ. I know of others who do too. In the ultimate twist of irony, we often pray  alone and separate.

Lord, it should not be. I lift this up to you in quiet desperation and ask you to fix it, as I have asked you to fix so many other things before. Light a fire in our hearts Lord, breathe life into those dry bones,and tear the walls down…..