2 Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, 3 “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
4 Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. 5 Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them. 6 Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me.”
On Sunday, I preached about the unexpected, beautiful bond between relatives Mary and Elizabeth, despite their over 70-year age gap, and how joy can be found in our loved ones. When we read texts like today’s, about the bond between Jesus and John (no matter the distance!), we see that the love and connection that Mary and Elizabeth role-modeled for their sons, helped then build their own friendship.
Building strong relationships does not just benefit us, it benefits those around and those who are to come after us. The community we build draws others to want to be in community, either with us or to want to repair relationships in their own life. When we model ideal community, the generations to come then have the tools and desire to do the same.
Even though John was in prison, his communication and connecting with Jesus did not stop. We can learn from their example of the importance of surrounding ourselves with friends, family (given and/or chosen), and neighbors.
by Rachel Callender
For Pondering & Prayer
Think about what makes Christmas to you? Perhaps you have a special meal or vintage decoration. What about the people? Who “makes” the season for you? What would it look like to display your gratitude and love to them this season?
Prayer: Holy Lord, we thank You for the many relationships in our lives and ask You to continue to be present as we grow and model our love and friendship for generations to come. Amen.