Together

Friday, April 29, 2022
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Genesis 2:18 – The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." (NIV)

From the beginning of time, we have been created not to be alone. We are designed to be together. This last couple of years, the COVID-19 restrictions have significantly increased the situations where we have been forced to be apart.

As a result, there have been many reports of increased mental health problems, particularly among young people who have been unable to mix with their peers in normal ways, such as in-school learning. Many senior citizens have suffered because family and friends have been prevented from making usual visits to them.

At the peak of the Omicron spread, two of my male friends were prohibited from visiting their wives in hospital because of the fear of contagion.

With the challenges preventing us from being together, what can we do in a positive way?

First, I can work harder at being a friend to anyone with whom I am able to interact. This may be in-person, or by mail, by telephone, electronically, or by any other possible means. There is an old saying, "To have a friend, one must be friendly."

While I want to be friends to all, in any way possible, I must remember the cautions set out clearly in the Bible. Being together always involves at least two people. Sometimes, I may be the stronger person, and sometimes, the weaker. In different situations, the roles may be reversed.

But in a good relationship, we should always be helping each other.

However, Paul cautions us:

2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (NKJV)

Our ability to be together positively has always presented challenges. From the first stories of two brothers, Cain and Abel, fighting, to interchanges between nations and peoples over the years until the present time, when the current pandemic has brought new difficulties that we have not previously experienced, there have been difficulties in fulfilling God's design.

In every situation, the assurance of success comes with the presence of the silent partner — the Lord Jesus Christ — showing His love through us.

He planned that we should live together. So, we must work diligently every day, despite obstacles such as the current pandemic, to live together in a positive, helpful manner.

Prayer: Dear Father, we have been experiencing particularly challenging times during this pandemic when we are forced to be apart more than usual. Help us each to avail ourselves of the helpful yoke offered by Jesus. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Vince.


    A VERY caring and thoughtful note!! Thank you, Vincent.


    Thank you, Vincent, for your faithfulness in sharing God’s Word.


    Thank you for raising your wisdom and hope today for us, Vincent.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Blessings.


    Thank you, Mr. Walter. Another wonderful message.
    Blessings,
    (QC)


    Thank you very much Mr. Walter. I am always blessed by your devotionals.
    Grace and Peace.


    Churches have been closed due to COVID. Fellowship in the environment of the church has been lacking. We are all feeling the results.


    Good morning, Vincent, I am so grateful to call you friend. You come to us with your words of wisdom, and we feel your love for us and for our Lord.


    Good Morning. Vince –
    What a comforting call to action, with helpful hints. Thank you very much.
    Blessings to your day and keep writing.


    Greetings Vince and thanks for this positive devotional today. The separation that has had to be obeyed by everyone during this pandemic time has certainly taken a toll on many and definitely showing the ways of the Lord’s loving care is the way to help people through this stressful time. Blessings for writing.


    Good morning, Vincent,
    Thank you for those good words this morning, These have been trying times indeed, and even though at our age the interaction with others has decreased considerably from the “olden” days, we have missed seeing our friends at church as well as our daughter and her family from the USA.
    But things are changing.
    Blessings.


    Hi Vincent,
    Thanks for another great Devotional, a perfect one for the times we are living in with Covid and being away from family and friends. Even being away from being in church has been hard, especially for us seniors. I miss lingering after church to visit and have a coffee with our church family. We are blessed to have been able to see the services live on YouTube, but it is not the same as being in person in church. I have been back lately but find it so hard to breath with a mask on. I will keep trying. Thankful for prayer time and my Bible reading several times a day.
    Keep the awesome Devotionals coming.

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