Connected

By Mary Stout

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NLT)
It’s just amazing to see God in action in a little ones heart.  School’s out and my grandson came home with a memory CD the teacher made for the class. It detailed highlights of the school year with many pictures of the kindergarten class. He was so excited and couldn’t wait to watch it. 
Soon, I could see his eyes welling up with tears. I asked him what was making him cry. He said he realized he wouldn’t see his friends for a while and that made him sad. I told him it was ok to feel sad and he would see some of his friends at church and when he came back to school he would see them again. He looked at me and said it won’t be the same though because maybe we’ll be in a different class. I assured him would probably have  some friends in his new class and he would make new ones. He seemed ok after a few minutes.
To watch his little heart feel sad and see the love he had for his friends was a sight to behold. Somehow at this tender age, he has learned the value of friendship and this is what God intends.
When we love one another as ourselves and connect with God and others, we are able to show others our heart. 
As we relate to one another, sharing our joys and our sorrows, we learn it’s not about what we do that matters. It’s about how we accept and love each other as the Lord intends. Just as a child can share his heart and feel love, so can we. 
When we take time to connect and relate to one another, making friends along the way, our lives fill with the love of God as we share the light of Jesus Christ in our day.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Prayer: Lord we pray you will help us stregthen our faith through the friendships we make along the way. Show us your ways and help us share your love with one another as we serve one another with gladness and Thanksgiving. In Jesus name, Amen

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