Pastor Jeremy Poland
We need each other.
It’s a simple, familiar sentiment.
If you’ve ever felt an urgent need for a friend, or if disaster has ever visited you, or when you set time aside to celebrate the ones you love, you know it’s true.
Human beings gather around each other, almost unconsciously, during moments of joy and of trauma; and nothing makes our need for one another more apparent to us than when we pass those moments of our emotional-extremes alone.
It always hits us after the opportunity has been missed.
But it’s also deeper than that. Not only do we need each other to enliven and affirm our own experiences, but anymore almost everything is a communal experience–except it just doesn’t feel like it.
Notice how our food, clothing, shelter, family–none of our most basic needs-are met through solitary efforts any longer. We eat what others grow and sell to us; we wear garments fabricated by hands on the other side of the globe; we take our daily refuge in homes built, and often already lived in, by strangers.
Even our DNA is a bi-product of our countless, particular ancestors. Without having to know their names, we have already been shaped by them.
We could not be here, and be who we are, without each of their anonymous contributions.
Our growing, too, is molded and empowered and burdened by the human lives we brush against.
We receive what they share without having to encounter them as people, just as we are.
But there’s good news in this too: in our need, we can be gifts to each other.
We can make the lives of other people (and our own) better, by serving and supporting them, and helping them grow.
This is the hope the Church has always been struggling to live into. As we grow in our relationships with one another, and with God, our lives become more joy-filled.
Because we’re becoming more fully who we were always created to be.
So always remember: you are not alone.
And what’s more: you have a precious gift to give–something other people need.
May we grow in the way we share our gifts, together.
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