A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role. Yehuda Berg
Meditation: Early this year, with the political climate changing in this country, I asked many more people I know to befriend me on Facebook. I had the need to feel more connected. I also started writing this blog. I wanted to challenge myself to find words, as words hold life and possibilities. And so for the past 230 days I have tried to find words that describe how I am connecting to this current time in history, and how I believe that God (in the historical and risen Jesus) is still reaching out and connecting with us today. Before my day starts or as my day ends, I am slowing down, listening inward and start writing. I am reminding myself that I am connected: Connected to the Spirit of God that strengthens me, connected to what is happening in our world today and connected to well-wishing and loving people who have crossed my path along the way or who have accompanied me. Being aware of these three connections while I meditate and pray and then bringing them together in my writing is life-giving and healing to me.
Prayer: God, Your Spirit constantly seeks and makes connections. It constantly wants to nourish, wants to heal. I pray that we will experience You by allowing ourselves to be more connected, more nourished and healed by You in a time that feels overwhelming, threatening and destructive. I pray for all who feel isolated. Fill them anew with Your Spirit of connecting creativity. Help all of us take one small step today to feel more connected. And we are grateful for Your Spirit. Amen
I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. John 15:5