When I was a child, my grandmother taught me to memorize Bible verses.
I remember Joshua 1:8-10, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Grandma told me, when she could not sleep she tried to recall all the passages committed to memory. The passages comforted her and helped her sleep. Now that I’m 95, I find myself alone and quiet for many of my days. I experience the same calming effect from Bible teachings. The Bible has long served as a powerful force for the anxiety that being alone can bring.
For most of my life, my religious experience has been one of communion with others. I moved frequently and formed a base around my church congregations. What a blessing it was for me to form lifelong friendships with the many pastors and fellow congregants over the years. The Bible can be a companion for those who are alone but also a magnet for us as we gather together in worship and study.
Worshiping Together Provides Such Peace
I recently joined a Bible study with a group of women whose average age is a third of mine. When we share photos of our family, mine are on weathered paper and their photos are on cell phones! In in beginning, I worried if I could keep up. That worry was confirmed when I suffered a slight stoke leaving me hospitalized–even as I write this.
To be honest, the group wasn’t on my mind when Tuesday morning rolled around and I was suppose to meet the ladies at the church. I was so surprised when all the ladies came to me, in an antiseptic hospital room, to read this week’s lesson. What a joy it was. They brought the spirit of Christ’s teaching to me at a time I couldn’t have joined.
Whether worshiping together or alone, our Bible provides boundless comfort and peace.
Thought of the day: Find comfort in solitude but always seek friendship too.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for guiding me to a peaceful path whether I walk alone or in the company of dear friends.