Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
I had decided that I really didn’t have anything meaningful to add to the Devotional Book this year. Then two events happened last week that made an impact on me that I wanted to share. The close friend of a close friend of mine decided that there was nothing left to live for and acted accordingly. Everyone who knew her was shocked, upset and distraught. What could we have done? Why didn’t we know? And finally, what can we do going forward so others don’t feel so alone, helpless and despairing?
The second event was totally different. I was scanning Facebook and found a post from one of my daughter’s friends. She is suffering from some physical problems that numerous doctors have been unable to solve. Her response log was long and filled with posts of support and promises of prayer and advice. Way down near the bottom of the list was one that said, “come to church with me and we will all pray together.”
In this “Time of COVID”, many days I feel like I can’t do or sign up for one more thing. And that’s true. But what if it is the little thoughtful things that make a difference, too? A few weeks ago, the person in the car in front of me paid for my lunch! I smiled all the way home. And that was the first thing I shared at dinner when asked about my day.
The waitress at a restaurant today told my daughter she had beautiful eyes – she is still smiling. Someone I work with at Scraps & Skeins is out for a while (we share some funny little jokes) so I sent her a card with just the punch line of our favorite and I got a string of laughing emoji’s back on Facebook.
I know that none of these things will solve the pandemic nor take away the pain and suffering of so many. But isn’t it also true that when two or more gather in His name, He is there?
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