So the whole world would know that we're not alone
from the song "Hold Us Together" by Matt Maher
I am a big fan on contemporary Christian music. One of my favorites is Matt Maher. I am not sure exactly why, but the lyrics in his songs speak to me in way others do not. If you have access to Youtube, his music can easily be found and I think many of you will enjoy it. The above is the bridge from his song “Hold Us Together”. It is a great reminder of how God calls us to love each other. To be with each other in the highs and lows that life throws at us.
We all experience storms in our lives. Sometimes we are in the eye of the storm, sometimes it is someone we love. Storms are present in everyones life. No one is immune. When we seek shelter from the storms of life, the church should be a place to land. For the church to be functioning at its best, in the way God intended, the church should be a refuge from whatever life may throw at us. The church will not take away the storm, but it is designed to be the instrument through which “the whole world would know that we are not alone”. It should be a place to be loved and supported through the storm.
It is important to note that the church I am defining is the people who make up the community of faith. It is not the brick and mortar that erects most church structures, it is the love and grace that God’s people are called to share with one another. It is the church that asks the question “whose got your back?”. It is the people of God living into the new commandment in the New Testament, to love one another as God first loved us.
The questions I leave with you today are simple yet complex. Are you experiencing a storm? How can the people of God that make up your community of faith support you? Are you willing to seek out those who love you for shelter in whatever that storm may be? Do you know anyone who is in the middle of a storm right now? How could you reach out to them in love?
Be the instruments of God’s love in the world. We love because He first loved us. Love one another. So, as the songwriter says, “the whole world will know we are not alone”.