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October 2018 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

Never Alone

By Laurie Nichols

October 1, 2018

“You are never alone.”

This concept, more than perhaps any other in the English language, is what our hearts long to hear. When spoken to us by dear friends and family, this truth embodies all that makes us strong and well. Togetherness propels us forward in a way that few things can.

We see this demonstrated in many ways: in the young mom struggling with cancer so that she can have more time with her children, in the kind deeds done at Christmas so that others will not be alone when others are in community, in athletic competitions which remind us that those around us are cheering us on.

As human beings made in the very image of God, we are not meant to be alone. We reflect the Trinity—the holy example of the beauty of community. In community with others, we reflect the love of God, we find confession and forgiveness, we carry others’ burden, we encourage and spur one another on, we weep with others, and much more. And in community, we find God in our midst.

“You are not alone” is a tangible reminder of heaven coming to earth. We thank God for the fellowship and friendship of those around us.

More so, “you are not alone” is final truth even when we lack community with others. The homeless boy on the street is never alone. The single mom working four jobs to make rent is never alone. The old man, abandoned by family, is never alone.

This is what our hearts truly long for—the reminders that God never leaves us nor forsakes us, that he watches over us in the deepest and darkest hours of the night, and that nowhere on earth is out of his reach. Read Isaiah 40 for reminders of his nearness, and his greatness.

Every thing and every being is held in the palm of God’s hand (Isa. 40:12).

This month we are celebrating our one-year opening of New Name’s Bridal Boutique. God has done much to remind us of the power of community. His presence has been evident in the excitement of the brides, the joy of the volunteers, and the sacrifice of those donating dresses. More so, even when our lights are out and our doors close each night, each person touched by this ministry walks away with the presence of God.

What greater gift can we receive than the true words: “You are never alone”?

Tell others, friends. Tell others that they too are never alone.