Devotional for Saturday and Sunday May 23-24

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Change can be good for you”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Life is hard but it’s easier when we do it together.”
 
If you’ve read the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes then you know that much of it is pretty grim. The author was King Solomon and it was written towards the end of his life. In it he is reflecting back on a life filled with hard lessons, most of them learned through painful experiences which resulted from the many poor choices he made.
 
But it’s not all grim. Some of it is upbeat and some of it is very helpful – such as this passage from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Here Solomon reminds us of how much we need each other. The fact is that life can be hard, but it’s a lot easier if we face the tough times and the difficult problems together. He writes about the benefits that come from companionship with close friends and brothers and sisters in the family of God. When we face things together, we can draw strength and encouragement from each other and we are then better able to face the trials and tribulations of life. There is strength in numbers.
 
For many of us one of the most difficult aspects of this current period of social distancing and stay-at-home directives has been the social isolation and the inability to gather together with our church families. Although most of us have made an extra effort to stay connected through social media and phone calls, it’s not the same. We need to actually be together.
 
This Sunday, May 24, 2020, we at Oak Hill Baptist Church will recommence our group gatherings. We’ll start by simply meeting for worship at 10:00. In the weeks to come we will slowly begin our other times of gathering as well. We’ll be smart about it, and we will emphasize safety, but we need to do this. We need to be together again.
 
Hopefully one of the positive outcomes from all of this is that we will all gain a new appreciation for our church family and we’ll be even more committed than before to being actively involved in the full life of our church. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until its gone. Well, we lost that aspect of our church life for a while, but now its back. Let’s appreciate it for the special thing that it is.
 
Life can be hard, but it’s easier when we do it together.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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