We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
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The word underneath my picture in the high school yearbook says, "loner." It was not a source of pride for me only the result of a young life caught up in the tug of war between needing to be alone and away from the din of the world, and yet genuinely wanting to be in community without adding more noise to the world. The Gospel of God shows a better way to live and a better way to love. We cannot remove ourselves from humanity neither can we enter into it without complicating it. And so, we look to Jesus. We trust his mercy and grace. We live and die and find joy in knowing and believing that we are never alone, even when we try to be. We are eternally God's.
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God of Grace, in the ebb and flow of life alone and together, help us to be at peace in you. Amen.