“Solomon sent this message to King Hiram of Tyre: ‘I need your help: Send me a master artisan in gold, silver, bronze, iron, textiles of purple, crimson, and violet, and who knows the craft of engraving; he will supervise the trained craftsmen in Judah and Jerusalem that my father provided.,” 2 Chronicles 2:3,7
Today I witnessed a modern-day barn raising party. About ten men and a woman showed up early to build a 40 by 24 foot pavilion to cover a neighbor’s huge fifth wheel. Talent of all types contributed the labor toting tape measures, shovels, hammers. saws, etc. One guy brought his boom to lift rafters and a backhoe to repair a severed sewer pipe. Another had an auger to dig deep holes for the poles. A Bobcat scooted around pushing dirt. I heard lots of laughter, fun joking about who’s the boss, and a few on-lookers contributing encouragement. Their pay: a cup of coffee, donut, and a hot lunch.
God commanded King Solomon to build the great Temple. He was a wise man who knew he needed the best materials and workers to get the project done. King Hiram served as the resource guy for the project, and in return was generously blessed with a great supply of wheat, wine, and olive oil.
It is rare to see people in a neighborhood pull together to help someone they know little more than to wave at when they pass by. By evening time, they will be friends forever.
Lord, we give thanks for many hands that make work light. Amen.