O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Little words can catch your attention. Today, the word is ‘us.’ But also ‘our’ and ‘we.’
They roll off the tongue and often catch little interest, but they speak to a deep hunger of the heart to belong, to know you are part of a ‘we’ … and not out on your own, alone. That’s scary and also contrary to our human nature.
Joy is belonging, to feel truly connected with other hearts and to the loving Heart from whom all things come. Never is this more significant than in times of sickness, loss and hardship.
As I write, Sheri, a beloved member of our congregation lies critically ill in a hospital 1500 miles away. But our prayers cover that distance instantaneously, surrounding her bed, enveloping her in love and lifting the courage and hope of her husband—and all who wait, worry and work to preserve her life.
Our prayers and connections matter. They have power. Powerful, too, are our connections with other souls in whom grace lives, such as the chaplain who anointed her and brought prayers of comfort.
We are not alone. We belong to each other, joined heart-to-heart in the great Heart of Christ, who watches over our little lives. All that he is belongs to us, and all that we are belongs to him—joined in one great Love, one great family, one great belonging.
Days come when this is the most important thing we can ever know. So know it well
Pr. David L. Miller