Friday Focus

Weakness or Falling Apart? by Jennifer Guglielmo

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

I am feeling spiritually weak!  I’ve said this often lately, and I’ve heard it in return.  As Christians in this time in history, many of us are feeling disconnected, directionless and weak.  And all this for obvious reasons! We have been encouraged and in some cases forced to abandon the practices of gathering together with our Christian brothers and sisters.  The Bible tells us to “not neglecting to meet together,”( Heb. 10:25). Some of us have found ways around the restrictions, but for most of us, an occasional zoom meeting, a sermon online, and periodic phone calls are just not enough. And they are not meant to be! We are meant to live in community.  And oh, how I look forward to when we can freely meet, hug, fellowship, sing and worship together in person again.  In the meantime, I fully intend to continue the methods I have found to connect with my Christian brothers and sisters, and I hope to find new ways. Perhaps the banning of large group gatherings will inspire us to do more home visits, go on more walks, and invite friends and strangers into our own homes to show hospitality!  I know we can each find ways to reach out to one another, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so!  BUT, as important as Christian community and fellowship are, all throughout history, God’s people have had to endure times of isolation and loneliness.  It is in these times, more than ever, that we must dig into Gods Words in the Bible.  They are “living and active”, as Hebrews tells us, and they are the keys to “renewing our minds,” as we are told here in Romans.  

A little over a month ago, our ladies Bible study finished studying the book of Hebrews.  We have been waiting to meet again before we begin our next study (Genesis!). I’ve realized as I reflect on this in between time for me (this is the time where my own Bible study is less in depth because I am not preparing to meet and talk with others about it weekly) that my spiritual weakness is not from a lack of fellowship with people, but with God as I dive into His Word.

With that in mind, our Bible Study Group is preparing to begin our next study within the next couple of weeks.  We don’t know if it will be in person or on zoom.  If you would like to join us, please contact me. Mostly, I encourage you to invest in your own relationship with Jesus regardless of the state of our world!  

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