“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”
I’ve been mulling over connections.
Between people, I mean.
Relationships are so crucial. We are social beings – designed to connect and interact and be interdependent. And not only that.
We were designed to connect deeply. Studies show that when babies don’t connect with a caregiver from birth, they are left with issues that will follow them through their lives. Attachment disorders can severely impede a person’s ability to learn to love and accept love in the future.
And right now, with Covid, our connections are – well, disconnected. Strained.
Sent into cyberspace.
There are many, many of us who have been more disconnected and more lonely lately than ever.
Which is why it’s so important to cling to the promises of Christmas right now.
If you need a deep bond with someone who loves you, someone who cheers for you and wants to walk with you through all the messiness of this messy existence – if your heart is aching for that sense of belonging and purpose and connection, well, look no further.
I really don’t mean to be flippant here, but I know a guy.
He’s my friend.
He supports and challenges me. He comforts and sustains me. He’s there when I ignore him, when I whine and complain to him, when pain lies and makes me believe I ought to be angry with him.
He delights in my success. He commiserates and extends grace when I fail. (And fail, I do. A lot.) He forgives when I forget and trample on his boundaries. When I doubt his reliability or question his authority, there he is – loving me. Waiting for me to return.
Too good to be true, right?
I know. It’s true. I’m amazed by the audacity of a God who would risk so much for relationship. I mean, look what lengths He went to! Why give up a cushy gig in paradise to become a human child? To be misunderstood, rejected, and nailed to a tree?
Relationship. This is not a God who remains at arm’s length, looking down His nose at we mere mortals. This is a God who became mortal to restore the bond that sin broke in the first garden so long ago.
Do you know my friend?
Let me introduce you this holiday season…
Father, the beauty of connection with You is what this season is all about! Thank You for going to such lengths to restore and rebuild connection with me! Remind me of the precious gift that is in my grasp when life gets busy and challenging. I love You, Friend!! Amen.