• Lyn Ventura

Better with Two

The thought of winter beginning brings with it the joys of the holidays, noise of the holidays and the "oh boys" of the holidays. For some the whole festiveness of Christmas and New Year is just too much. It can cause some to withdraw and to be extra depressed. This is especially true if they don't have family nearby or worse, don't have family at all. Christmas can be a terrible reminder of who or what they don't have rather than Who and what they do.

It's very difficult to comfort someone who isn't a believer. Still, we must try. Bring them a gift or a dessert with a sweet kind hearted note. They have no idea of what they are missing out on. We need to show everyone the love of Christ in as much as we are able. That's why we are here.

If you are a believer, you are never "alone." You know Jesus is always with you. His word says "...Never will I leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 That's it , no matter how dark things get, no matter where you are in your journey. He is always there, just a breath away. Sometimes Jesus may feel far away, that doesn't mean He is. My tendency is to isolate, when I am troubled, making Him seem further away. When I recognize that I pick up the phone and ask a sister I am close to for prayer.

Whenever you feel yourself starting to isolate-do the opposite! Call a brother or a sister in Christ. It's important to get advice from someone who knows God's word and can reveal His truth to your situation. The enemy of our souls would love nothing more than to get us alone so he can beat us up with negative thoughts and self condemnation or guilt over some past confessed sin. If you struggle with that, memorize 1John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just. He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Jesus did another wonderful thing when He saved our souls. He knit us together. Jesus prayed in John 17:21 "I pray that they will all be one just as You and I are One -as You are in Me. Father and I am in You. And may they be one in us so the world will believe You sent Me. As believers, we are all part of God's family. This Thanksgiving a large part of my family has passed on, my brother, parents, grandparents, and most recently my uncle. But you know what? I am so thankful to have the family I do have, my nieces and nephews, kids and grandkids. I am also eternally thankful for the family I have in Christ! To think Jesus Himself is my Big Brother and King! God the Father is my Father! And the Holy Spirit is my teacher. And... I have the biggest family ever, so do you!

My prayer is that every Christian out there has a brother or sister in Christ that they can call in times of need and in times of joy. "Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow." Eccl. 4:9 -10a Then vs 12 says, " Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken" Many use this verse to talk about God being the center of our marriages, but you know God is the center of our friendships too. He is Who makes two better than one.

If you know someone who is going to be alone this Thanksgiving, especially in light of the restrictions due to COVID19, reach out. Leave a gift on their doorstep, make a phone call. Be kind. Be the light of Christ in other's lives. You may be all of Jesus they will see.