This is the daily devotion from the book, “Holding On and Letting Go” and the companion audio from the July 5, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.
Here is day one and an important reminder to hold on to one another as you look out for each other’s needs and share in their joys and sorrows.
Hold On To One Another
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
How alone does your current situation make you feel? Why? Are there others affected by the same thing you are currently going through? Do you think they feel alone? Why? Are there people in similar circumstances who would benefit from your willingness to hold on to them? Do you know people who have already been through what you are dealing with that you could hold on to? Who?
In the midst of loss, it is God’s desire to bring seeds of comfort to you through people who have received the same comfort that you now need. No matter the loss, it will generally feel amplified if you must face it alone. Sometimes the loss is very personal and the enemy would want you to think no one will understand. Other times the loss is one suffered by many others and the enemy will try to convince you that people have enough grief of their own to worry about. Neither of those could be further from the truth. Whether in our most private pain or a very public loss, God has helped to carry others through the very nature of what you are dealing with. While it may be fun to “rejoice with those who rejoice”, it is just as necessary to “weep with those who weep”. Holding on to one another won’t solve all the problems, or bring back what was lost, but when those we hold on to are holding on to God, we discover we truly are not alone.
As you pray today, ask God to help you find those who will be someone you can hold on to. Pray that God would give you the strength needed so that you can be someone others will hold on to, even in your weakness. Pray that you would find, and be, a community that holds on to one another.