Stuck Like Glue

Harry Wesley Coover, Jr.

Harry Wesley Coover, Jr., who is recognized as the inventor of Super Glue, passed away Saturday at the age of 94. According to his grandson, Adam Paul, Coover discovered the sticky substance by accident. The glue was first discovered in 1942, when researchers were trying to develop material for a clear plastic gun sight to be used in World War II. The substance was rejected by scientists because it made everything stick together. Coover and a co-worker, however, saw the potential for an adhesive compound, and Super Glue is the result of their work.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some type of Super Glue that could hold human relationships together? It could be applied to marriages, families, friendships and local churches. It would cause people to stick together, even through difficult times in their relationships.

Well, there is such a substance—the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 4:3 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Unlike Mr. Coover’s accidental discovery, it was God’s purpose to provide us with something to make human relationships last. Its potential is only limited by our human weakness and inability to apply it properly. That’s why the Bible says we must “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit…” God has given us this wonderful gift to help us be united. It’s up to us to work to apply it to human relationships.

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