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February 15, 2021

This pandemic has us all isolated, and quite frankly, I’m struggling. Get together with friends for coffee? Nope. Invite people over for dinner? Nope. Week after week and month after month, the forced isolation underscores the loneliness. We desire connection and community. It’s what we’re made for. But here’s the truth of it: the connection we seek is found only in God Himself, and if we can’t find that connection when we’re single, then being married won’t fill that need, either. The Gospel says that for everyone who believes in Jesus for salvation, we can have that connection and community with God, our Redeemer, because the sin that separated us has been removed. More than that, we have the Spirit of God living inside us. We can turn to God for every need, for friendship and connection, and that truly is good news!

Bible Reading

Isaiah 54:1-8 NIV
“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband— the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer.

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