31 March 2020
The fall retreat during my freshman year of college, sponsored by our Methodist campus ministry, had the theme Alone Together. We were new to school, surrounded by strangers, but hoping to make lifelong friends.
At this moment, it feels like we are all alone. We can’t be physically together right now. We can’t gather for worship. Even with people who are lifelong friends, we can’t be in the same place. We feel alone.
Yet the scripture reminds us we are not alone. God has promised to be with us. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow, we need fear no evil, for God is with us. It’s the promise that Jesus made the night before he died: I will not leave you orphaned. It’s the promise Jesus made after His resurrection: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
We don’t have to be alone alone. We can be alone together. We are the body of Christ, living in unity of the Spirit. God is with us. Even when we are alone, we are finding ways to be together in worship, in prayer, in study. We are all in this together. I am praying for you, and looking forward to the day when we are together together.
Grace and peace,
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