offered by Bridget Butt
We have just added a new ‘true fiber’ internet connection to our selection of connection options. It was installed last week. We were told that the band width of our local internet might not withstand the onslaught of students, teachers, employees, churchgoers, who have moved their activities online. So we have added a faster, better connection.
And we did this so that we could better self-isolate — better maintain that state of near-complete lack of contact between ourselves and society around us. So connected. So alone. Never has the paradox seemed more acute.
For those of us who live alone, the silence of our self-isolation might seem deafening. For those of us who live with others, familiar voices are sounding like a ‘dripping tap’. We long for the company of God’s big wide world. We didn’t know we were so spoilt. Now we do.
But ours is the God of paradox. Ours is the God who has promised that the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16), that the poor shall be rich (2 Cor. 8:9) and that alone is NOT alone:
A time is coming, [said Jesus] and in face has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16:32)
Loving God, God of All Creation, bless us with the gift of the knowledge and comfort of your presence in our aloneness. Open our hearts to the wide world that you created, and that comes so very close to us as we embrace your presence in our lives. We pray for the world in a way we have never prayed before. We pray for the healing of the nations, and for our own salvation. Amen.
I invite you to join your voice with those of Sandy Ridge Mennonite church as they sing ‘We Are Not Alone.’ Check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OviilwuJVtE&feature=youtu.be