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stronger together

By Ida Skinner
October 8, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Jeremiah 10:1-11:23
Colossians 3:18-4:18
Psalm 78:56-72
Proverbs 24:28-29

I genuinely love the Bay Area because it is a diverse metropolitan that encompasses so many people from different walks of life. People come from all walks of life and bring their experiences with them that have shaped them into the person they are. I feel like I have learned and grown and have been impacted by learning about other people's different experiences. Simultaneously, when other people took the time to get to know my experience, and even if it is not relatable to their life, it created relationships and dynamic friendships. The Bible tells us that one day will be worshiping God with people who speak all different languages from every part of the earth.

In a world where God has created us so graciously into our own, it is valuable to have community and share experiences that can bond us or help us learn from one another. Even when we may not know what to say to someone's experience, pressing into God gives us the wisdom we need to navigate those conversations. 

Colossians 4:3-6 "And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

This pandemic has shown that community is an essential lifeline, and we are not meant to be alone. I have been stretched to share even when it can feel challenging. Sometimes, I am reminded that sharing and healing can occur even when it is not expected. God wants to be present in our lives now more than ever. 

To Memorize:

No one is like you, Lord; you are great and your name is mighty in power.

— Jeremiah 10:6

Prayer to start with: Lord, there is so much going on and no matter what to keep you in the center of it all. I pray that your presence continues to grow within my life, my loved ones, and within the Bay area. God that you build on the community I do have and allow me to receive new relationships. No matter what may come my way that I am reminded that you are always with me.