Choose Gather

“For where two or three gather in My Name, there am I with them.” – (Matthew 18:20, NIV)

“Yes, if two or three people are together believing in Me, I am there with them.” – (Matthew 18:20, ERV)

“For wherever two or three come together in honor of My Name, I am right there with them!” – (Matthew 18:20, TPT)

 

Loneliness is something nearly all of us have experienced at one time or another, as it is brought on either by isolation, or more often, by lack of true connection. We can be surrounded by people and feel completely alone. This occurs when authentic connections are not established. God has declared that it is not good for us to be alone, and that two are better than one. This is not just reserved for marriage, but for friendships and familial-like connections as well. We are created and designed to be in community. The promise is provided that when we gather in His Name, God will be with us. Though He is always present, His nearness is more tangibly known in the company of others who have gathered together with purpose. This is the intention of “church”. It is an opportunity to gather in His Name and create authentic connections with those around us. At times, the group that gathers for a church service is too large to truly connect, so it requires an additional investment of time to get to know others with whom familial connections are established. A solution that some churches have is to offer small groups; at Grace (where we are invested) they are called Life Groups. Though there is a risk in stepping out of one’s comfort zone to meet with new folks and gather together, each time I have done so, I have walked away enriched, knowing new people for whom I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know. May we intentionally choose to invest in our relationships, making fellowship a priority, so that we may know people, and in turn, be known.

Both mom and my sister are in a space of unexpected isolation. Mom, as she is away from her home and the community that she has invested in for many years; and my sister, as she works tirelessly to juggle work, family, and caring well for mom, finding there are simply not enough hours in the day to connect with the community she holds close. God is good, and can make a way where there seems to be no way. Both, are in need of His covering, care and grace, as they navigate and need community. It is my prayer that rapid healing happens, and more opportunities for outings for each of these amazing ladies occur.

 

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Come close in His Name;

Discover the grace,

In Christ we can claim.

Whenever we meet,

With a heart for Him;

His presence is shown,

As love enters in.

Loneliness scatters,

As connections form;

To know and be known,

Is how hearts transform.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to be present when we gather in Your Name. Thank You that You make Your presence known. Thank You that You designed and created us for relationships. Forgive us for the times that we have either isolated ourselves or allowed others to remain in isolation when we can do something to help pull them out. Teach us how to navigate relationships well, so that we would love others in a way that knows people and helps them feel known. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we invest in fellowship in the communities in which You have placed us. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

 

 

Trust in His Name

Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You. – (Psalm 9:10, NLT)

Lord, those who know Your Name come to You for protection. And when they come, You do not leave them without help. – (Psalm 9:10, ERV)

Those who know Your Name will rely on You, for You, O Eternal One, have not abandoned those who search for You. – (Psalm 9:10, VOICE)

 

When we trust in the Lord and seek Him for help, He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can rely on the Lord for protection and provision, for He is faithful and does not abandon those who are faithful to call on His Name. This does not mean that our walk will be easy and without struggle or setback, but it means that the Lord promises to be present if we will place our trust in Him. His presence is enough. He sustains us when we are out of strength, grants us wisdom when we know not which way we are meant to go, and He is our constant companion when the loneliness begins to feel unbearable. May we trust in the Lord and call on His Name, for He is faithful to be present and will be our help when we seek Him.

 

When we know the Lord,The Power of His Name

in His Name we trust;

for He is faithful,

strong, loving and just.

Our help and our hope,

when we seek His face;

He comes and covers,

our hearts with His grace.

The Lord shall supply,

when going gets tough;

if we call on Him,

we find He’s enough.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we know You we can trust in You and call on You, for You do not abandon those who search for You. Thank You that when we seek You, we find You. Thank You that You are our help and our hope, despite what we might see. Thank You that You never leave us nor forsake us. Forgive us for not trusting You enough to come to You in all things. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would call on Your Name and trust in Your unfailing love. Show us how to love others in such a way, that we demonstrate Your faithfulness through how we love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in You and seek You in all things, knowing that You are faithful forever. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78