Not Alone

“…not alone…”
IMG_3118 by you.

“The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.” (John 16:32)

The sign outside the hardware store read, “Chicks, ducks, and bunnies are in!” so I rolled into the parking lot and went inside with my camera.  There I found two bins, one for ducks and one for chicks, with a little girl next to one holding and squeezing one of the chicks.  The mother was giving the appropriate, “Now be careful,” warnings, but I knew it was a real trial for the poor chick.  (At least the chicks weren’t dyed pastel colors like the ones I remember in the stores at Easter when I was a child.) This little duck in the picture with his head nestled against his sister’s neck seems to be finding some sort of comfort in the midst of it’s trials.  He’s not alone!

If truth be told, there is probably little else we fear more than being totally, utterly alone, especially in times of trial and difficulty. Remember a time when you had a thought or feeling and believed you were the only one who experienced that?  Remember what a relief you felt when someone disclosed their similar feeling and you discovered you weren’t alone?  We can feel alone in so many ways, but all the ways seem to lead to a similar sense of hurt, darkness, and even despair.  Especially in times of greatest trial, we need to know we’re not alone.

When Jesus was facing his time of greatest trial, he reminded his disciples that even though they would all be scared away from him, he would not be alone.  God would be with him.  That assurance gave Jesus the comfort and hope he needed to face his time of greatest suffering and pain.  “Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”

As we Christians enter into our holiest of seasons in these coming days, we will celebrate and interpret the Easter event in many different ways.  Too many times our “differences” have only served to separate and isolate us from one another. At is core God’s Easter event in Jesus Christ boils down to one simple truth, WE ARE NOT ALONE – NOT NOW – NOT EVER!  I pray that this Easter God will help me celebrate my oneness with other Christians and spread the Good News in Jesus Christ to others who so desperately need to hear – – – we are not alone – not now – not ever!  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on March 24, 2010.

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