“‘Don’t call me Naomi,’ she told them … ‘I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.'” Ruth 1:21
There are times in our lives when we need to learn that community is there to support us in difficult times. We tend to think that we can do everything on our own, so sometimes we fail to see that the people God has put in place around us are there to support and lift us up when we can’t support ourselves.
Naomi and her family had left Bethlehem looking for a better life in Moab. But when she returned, she said that all she had had was taken away from her. Of course, God was still providing for her; she just couldn’t see it. In her bitterness and despair, she needed a community of support to come around her and fill her up again — and her community did just that.
In these difficult times of our lives, let’s remember that community is around us to strengthen us, build us up, and support us in everything we are going through. This is another purpose of the fellowship of believers in Jesus; comfort, prayer, hope and love. And God has provided the technological knowledge that the church may use, that is, the many platforms available especially hearing and seeing through Zoom and the other video modes.
Father, provide us with a community of support and with the humble spirit to accept that support when we need it. Amen.