March 13, 2012

March 13: You’re not alone

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By Annika Miller, a junior elementary education major from Broadway, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Several Sundays ago, the church I attend in Goshen talked about the power of healing prayer. We recognized the importance of sharing stories of crying out and healing. After the sermon there was a time to go forward to be anointed with water and receive a prayer for healing.

We need to come to God always, even for the little things. Healing can be found even in the act of relieving worry. God does love us and saves us. God’s healing can be revealed in the form of the people around us. We are not alone.

I was reminded of this in 2009 when I attended Mennonite World Conference in Paraguay. It was at a time in my life when I was worrying about what I felt God was calling me to do. Toward the end of the conference, we shared communion and sang a song called “You’re Not Alone.” Even though I didn’t know the thousands of people singing, I felt as though they were speaking to me. I found healing in the words God was giving to me through other people that God had gathered “from the east and west, from the north and south.” The message was clear: I will never be alone and I will always have love and support somewhere.

I leave you with the chorus of the song (composed by Bryan Moyer Suderman):

You’re not alone,
We are one body.

You’re not alone,

We stand with you.

You’re not alone.

Your time of suffering
Is our suffering, too.
And I know the day is coming
When we will be rejoicing anew.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV)
1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. 21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

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Comments (12)

  1. Thank you, Annika, for sharing this. It touched me where I needed it today. God’s spirit is amazing.

    Mandy March 13, 2012 |
  2. We forget that GOD cares for us in every little way. Thank you God that you care!!!!!!!!!

    bob c March 13, 2012 |
  3. What a great experience of realizing the Body of Christ and the fellowship we enjoy as members! I’m so glad for God’s healing and stedfast love.

    Ruth March 13, 2012 |
  4. Thank you for your reminder of God’s healing love for us. I really needed to read these words this a.m.! He surprises us with who or how the love comes to us. Shalom

    Lorene March 13, 2012 |
  5. It is so true that we are not alone, yet we sometimes place ourselves in a situation which is especially challenging and then try to handle it…alone. I tend to “live inside myself” too much when in a dilemma. When I self-disclose to others I often find so much relief and help and love. Your words are taken as wisdom today….and I am going to listen to the song on You-tube!! God created us to love and help each other!

    Joy March 13, 2012 |
  6. Thanks, Annika. Healing prayer in the midst of our communities is powerful. Thanks for your story. It reminded me of taking communion at the final Mennonite World Conference worship service in Zimbabwe in 2003. I had such a sense of belonging to this diverse group of people, many of whom I didn’t know. The Spirit moves in the body of Christ far beyond our human efforts.

    Janice March 13, 2012 |
  7. Annika,
    Thank you for such a thoughtful and well-written piece. I appreciated what you put together and also shared it with Alli, since I was so moved.
    Blessings on you this semester!
    Jane

    Jane Eanes March 13, 2012 |
  8. Thankyou for the reminder that I am not alone. I am facing some difficult health issues and sometimes it feels like I am in a lonely place. But really I am not.

    Jack Heppner March 13, 2012 |
  9. Thank you for your thoughtful reflection. The Body of Christ, beyond all the barriers we create as denominations, is in need of healing.

    Gary Olsen-Hasek March 14, 2012 |
  10. Thank you for this word of encouragement.

    Connie Harper March 14, 2012 |