Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
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The history of the people of God is one of scattering and gathering. The spirit of God gathers. I am reminded of this especially as I commune the people of the congregation. I know just enough about them to know that they are so different in their opinions that they would not by their own strength or will choose to be a church family. They would more likely scatter. The spirit of God, however, gathers us together and amazing things happen when we are together. Strangers are fed and clothed. Children are loved and protected. The sick are offered prayer and support. Those doing God's work with their hands near and far know the power of our gathered resources. Loneliness loses its power to drag us into the abyss of hopelessness. Those who intentionally remove themselves or drive others away hear a tough word from God. We are meant to be together. We are wired to the level of our DNA to need one another. God will safeguard the beauty and the uniqueness of each individual. We don't have to. Our energy is best spent at what it means to be together.
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We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing. Amen.
Author's Note: ELOGOS will be taking a break until after Thanksgiving. Please know that I am thankful for your partnership in the Gospel. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! - Deb