Wednesday Words - Together
April 29, 2020
Pr. Paul Cannon
All who believed were together
- Acts 2:44
The second chapter of acts paints a portrait of Christian community that we should all aspire to. The verse that caught my attention this week was verse forty-four, “All who believed were together…” Togetherness is something that I’m longing for in this time of quarantine. I’m guessing you are too.
At John Baldwin’s funeral last week, I felt keenly aware of how distant and alone we all feel in this time. I wanted to console those who mourned they way I always do – with hugs and words of comfort. Instead, I found myself coldly waving to those in grief, with muffled words through a protective mask (worn by everyone at the small gathering).
Though I’ll admit it felt strange, I think it’s equally true that the physical distance we put between us couldn’t separate the love that people had for one another as they remembered John - holding one another in love. And maybe that’s the point.
Despite that odd social distance we all kept between us, there was togetherness. I could see it in the way that people interacted and cared for one another. We came together in the belief and hope in the resurrection, remembering John’s life, and proclaiming that in the waters of baptism he had new life.
There is togetherness in belief that transcends all other barriers. At the funeral I was reminded again of that famous verse from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Did you hear that? With faith, nothing can separate us. I’ve felt that in our worship together on Sundays - maybe you’ve felt it too – that in some strange ways, I’ve felt just as connected with you all (in some ways even more so) than I ever was before.
Being a part of this community of faith means that you too, are connected to God and to all those people on the other side of the computer screen. You are connected with all the saints, both past and present, through Christ our Lord.