26 March 2020

Know That You Are Not Alone

Becoming a Christian means becoming part of a family. Just like your Earthly family, your Christian family is forever. Wherever you go, no matter how far, you will always be family. When you are alone, know that you are still in the thoughts of your family, just as they are in your thoughts. When you feel isolated, know that God is with you always. Just as David said in Psalm 139, "Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in [the depths], behold, you are there! If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me" ( 139:7-10).

God will always be with you. You will always be part of a family. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12, "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually (27). For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many (12-14)." Even though you are far away, God is still present, and you are still part of a family which loves you.

You may wonder how you can know that God is with you. Paul answers this in verse 3 of the same chapter. "Therefore I make known to you that no [one] speaking by God’s Spirit says, 'Jesus is accursed.' No one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' but by the Holy Spirit." So say it aloud, as a prayer to God and feel the Spirit, feel the divine presence, though we Christians are far away, we are gathered in spirit, and where two or three are gathered, the Spirit of God is there (Matt 18:20). So let us pray together,

"Jesus, our Lord, blessed redeemer, Son of Love, may we feel your presence now and know that we are never alone. God please live within us and be our vitality. In you we live, and move, and have our being. In you we our bound together, no matter how far apart we may be. Your gifts of love, and healing, compassion, and communication, are evidence of your presence. In you we are blessed. Though there are many who have more or less, you inspire us to share until in you, we are made equal. Give us peace in solitude, Lord, until we meet again. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

Brothers and Sisters, may God's peace dwell with you. Amen.

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