5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15
You are receiving your prayer e-mail late this week because the Mt. Carmel office lost internet for most of Wednesday. I'm embarrassed to admit the amount of chaos such a technical glitch can cause. Nearly everything I attempted to do was somehow blocked because of my inability to "connect" to the outside world. Being connected is so critical to everything we do in the business world and absolutely central to our relationship with family and friends.
As I was growing increasingly frustrated by the disconnection status I began to ponder how this applies to our spiritual life. Jesus understood this well. In the passage above he reminds us that when we are connected to God there is no limit to what is possible. When we are disconnected from God "we can do nothing!" This advent season we celebrate that God has come all the way to us. In his son Jesus, our Immanuel, we know without a doubt that God is with us. God came in Jesus to show that nothing, no sin, no fear, no heartache, can separate us from the love of God poured out on the cross. Jesus promised, as he rose from this earth, that he continues to be with us in the presence of his Spirit. God's presence is far more powerful and trustworthy than "the cloud" or internet. God is always eager to receive our prayers, our love, and our needs.
Today consider your connection with the Lord. If you fear you have "lost service" know that it’s not God who's failing to send out signals. Perhaps there are things in your life or around that you are creating static. How can you be still and quiet and listen for the guidance and love God will send? All of us can benefit from deepening our connection with the Lord this season. We do so in prayer, scripture, worship, and devotion. We are praying with you and for you as you seek to keep this advent holy and deepen your connection to the Lord.
Be blessed and be connected!
Pastor Jenny & Pastor Scott