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December 21, 2021 7:00 pm

Virtual Presence

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December 21, 2021 7:00 pm

As the novel coronavirus marched across the globe, health experts advised increased physical distance between people as a means to slow the spread. Many countries asked their citizens to self-quarantine or shelter in place. Organizations sent employees home to work remotely if they could, while others suffered a financially debilitating loss of employment. Like others, I participated in church and small group meetings through digital platforms. As a world, we practiced new forms of togetherness despite being physically disconnected.

It isn’t just the internet that lets us maintain a sense of connection. We connect to one another as members of the body of Christ through the Spirit. Paul expressed this notion centuries ago in his letter to the Colossians. Though he hadn’t personally founded their church, he cared deeply for them and their faith. And even though Paul couldn’t be with them in person, he reminded them that he was “present with [them] in spirit” (Colossians 2:5).  

We can’t always be with those we love for financial, health, or other practical reasons, and technology can help fill that gap. Yet any form of virtual connection pales in comparison to the “togetherness” we can experience as fellow members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). In such moments, we can, like Paul, rejoice in one another’s firmness of faith and, through prayer, encourage each other to fully “know the mystery of God, namely Christ” (Colossians 2:2).

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread devotional enters and homeward entitled today's reading virtual presence is a novel coronavirus marched across the globe.

Health experts advised increased physical distance between people as a means to slow the spread. Many countries asked their citizens to self quarantine or shelter in place organization sent employees home to work remotely if they could while others suffered a financially debilitating loss of employment, like others, I participated in church and small group meetings through digital platforms as a world we practiced new forms of togetherness, despite being physically disconnected. It is just the Internet that lets us maintain a sense of connection we connect to one another, as members of the body of Christ through the spirit. Paul expressed this notion centuries ago in his letter to the Colossians, though he hadn't personally founded their church. He cared deeply for them and their faith. And even though Paul couldn't be with them in person, he reminded them that he was present with them in spirit.

We can't always be with those we love. For financial health, or other practical reasons, and technology can help fill that gap. Yet any form of virtual connection pales in comparison to the togetherness we can experience his fellow members of the body of Christ. In such moments, we can like Paul, rejoice in one another's firmness of faith and through prayer, encourage each other to fully know the mystery of God, namely Christ, today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Colossians chapter 2 verses one through five. I want you to know how hard and contending for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart, and united in love so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by finding sounding arguments for that when absent from human body. I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Let's pray. Jesus, thank you for being with us, even when no other person can be physically present. Thank you for the connection you give us to others through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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