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Suffering Together

FAITH BOOSTER:

Suffering Together[Sept.16,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.1 Corinthians 12:26

Also Read 1 Corinthians 12:14–26(NIV)

In 2013, seventy-year-old James McConnell, a British Royal Marine veteran, died. McConnell had no family, and staff from his nursing home feared no one would attend his funeral. A man tapped to officiate McConnell’s memorial service posted a Facebook message: “In this day and age it is tragic enough that anyone has to leave this world with no one to mourn their passing, but this man was family. . . . If you can make it to the graveside . . . to pay your respects to a former brother in arms, then please try to be there.” Two hundred Royal Marines packed the pews!

These British compatriots exhibited a biblical truth: we’re tied to one another. “The body is not made up of one part, but of many,” Paul says (1 Corinthians 12:14). We’re not isolated. Just the opposite: we’re bound in Jesus. Scripture reveals organic interconnection: “If one member suffers, all the members suffer” (v. 26 nasb). As believers in Jesus, members of God’s new family, we move toward one another into the pain, into the sorrow, into those murky places where we would fear to go alone. But thankfully we do not go alone.

Perhaps the worst part of suffering is when we feel we’re drowning in the dark all by ourselves. God, however, creates a new community that suffers together. A new community where no one should be left in the dark.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you felt most alone?
  • How does God’s grace, kindness, and friendship help you deal with loneliness?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Is it true, God? Have You really placed me in a new community that knows and loves me in my suffering? Help me to believe this. 

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Bright Spots in Bleak Places

FAITH BOOSTER:

Bright Spots in Bleak Places [Aug 21,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

Also Read Psalm 86:1–13(NIV)

When my wife and I were exploring a small, rugged corner of our village, I spied a sunflower in a rocky, dry place where prickly cactus, and other scraggly plants grew. It wasn’t as tall as the domestic sunflower, but it was just as bright—and I felt cheered.

This unexpected bright spot in rough place reminded me of how life, even for the believer in Jesus, can seem barren and cheerless. Troubles can seem insurmountable, and like the cries of the psalmist David, our prayers sometimes seem to go unheeded: “Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1). Like him, we too long for joy (v. 4).

But David goes on to declare that we serve a faithful (v. 11), “compassionate and gracious God” (v. 15), who abounds in love for all who call on Him (v. 5). He does answer (v. 7).

Sometimes in bleak places, God sends a sunflower—an encouraging word or note from a friend; a comforting verse or Bible passage; a beautiful sunrise—that helps us to move forward with a lighter step, with hope. Even as we await the day we experience God’s deliverance out of our difficulty, may we join the psalmist in proclaiming, “You are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God”! (v. 10

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Out of what difficult place has God delivered you?
  • During that time, did you experience any “sunflowers” that helped you persevere?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Loving God, thank You for being compassionate and gracious. Help me to remember how You’ve been faithful and answered my prayers in the past—and will again in the future.

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