Praying for Connection
Updated: Mar 23
The magnitude of the difficulty of connection is magnified, rather than lost on me. I’m so deeply saddened, sickened, and frustrated. Sometimes it feels that the world is too far gone to right itself; too much has happened for us to be able to connect. Perhaps so – perhaps our human minds and weak bodies are not capable of achieving connection. Connection, however, has not been left to mere human brains or fallible physicality. We have a God that yearns for connection even more than we do. We have a God longing for us to lean into this work of connection with each other, and more importantly, connection with him. Connection with him paves a smoother path toward connection with others. Because of his power, we have hope of true connection with others.
A Mission1Race member recently reconnected with a dear, but estranged friendship. This estrangement occurred after she became paralyzed, and the friend couldn’t interact with her, “I just can’t see you like this.” The crushing blow of this rejection. Mourning and healing took place in Miranda’s* life, so that when she got the call, she was ready to respond. Miranda’s friend’s mother had a stroke, and, this recently re-connected friendship was tested. “I need to lean on you, because you have been here before. I don’t know what to do.” Miranda stepped into the relationship, and replied that she would walk through this traumatic time with her friend. This is the painful connection that God’s power enables. This is the connection for which we hope.
Hope is more than joyful anticipation of what God will do. Hope is a fierce determination to join his work, to brave the struggle, to keep leaning into the wearying work of connection. Hope is the expectant cry that God will do what he said he would do; that connection would take place in our lives, even in the most difficult places. Like Miranda, hope is entering the work of connection, even when there is devastation and failure. Hope is the knowledge that the Lord wants connection even more than us. He is providing the power to make it happen.
Lord, our hearts fail within us. Everywhere we look, there is discrimination, ignorance, and outright, arrogant disbelief. It grows into massive discouragement that threatens all hope of any positive change. But we know you have the power to work in our lives and those around us, bringing us together. We join you in the fierce hope of your power working in us, and through us, to bring connection throughout our communities and the world. This we pray, oh, Lord.
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*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the individual’s privacy.