Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? God knows we need one another; he designed us to be social and ordained the family as the model for community that was to function as the catalyst to prevent isolation and overcome a sense of abandonment and rejection. Why aren’t we praying for one another when it’s not always possible to be there personally?
My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
Back in the 80s there was a show called “Cheers!” It was a show not so much about a bar but about the people who met there. I didn’t watch the show but a few times, but when I did I was struck by some of the lyrics of the show’s theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart. One of the verses, repeated twice in the theme is: “Be glad there’s one place in the world–Where everybody knows your name,–And they’re always glad you came;–You want to go where people know,–People are all the same;–You want to go where everybody knows your name.” The verse struck me as intriguing with its particular insights into what motivates us as individuals to seek one another in a society that is more and more starved for physical contact, isolated by a digital universe that makes touching impossible and talking obsolete. The more we tie people together over social media, the greater the distance we create between Sunday visits and telephone calls. In that sense the concept of community has been sadly dented to the point that in many ways it is hardly recognized for its original, shiny interactive self. More and more abandonment, isolation, and rejection have become the byproducts of a media that was designed to tie us all together. The problem is we all long for a place, one place, where everybody knows us and they ARE glad we came.
God knows we need one another; he designed us to be social and ordained the family as the model for community that was to function as the catalyst to prevent isolation and overcome a sense of abandonment and rejection. As a family of believers he has stretched the concept to cover whole groups of families, communities of believers who need one another and draw spiritual and emotional strength from one another.
Here’s a story. Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother, the grass grows on your path.” (Today in the Word, June 29, 1992.)
We’re all familiar with the terms: fellowship of saints, family of believers, and community of believers. Yet, how meaningful are these terms when many within these believing communities are isolated? For many Christians living alone in nursing homes, or confined by disease or disability to the darkened corners of their homes where life has narrowed to a small living space, there is a real longing for “someone to know their name.” God has provided a perfect tool for us to reach out and touch the lonely and the lost among us in community; it’s called prayer. If we watch one another’s pathways to the extant that from a prayer standpoint we are always providing a place where all of us can be known and a familiar set of voices is constantly arising to God for guidance, deliverance, forgiveness and blessing, we are creating a community where people are “all the same” in prayer. They are always known in the prayers of their friends. Names are known and repeated consistently. Let’s get working together to remember one another in prayer. Cheers my friends! Let’s celebrate what draws us all together despite our differences: the love of Christ Jesus our Lord. Cheers!.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us families and communities of believers with whom we can share our faith, our sorrows, our challenges and blessings. Forgive us when we allow others to become isolated because our lives have become so busy that we seldom think of others. Move us to pray for others, so that their names are known to us and we are brought together in one place where everybody knows the name of Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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