Romans 12:15: “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”

We are not alone.  God created us to not be alone. After creating Adam, Eve followed. Some may say that with Eve came trouble, but trouble came long before Eve. In fact, Adam was troubled without Eve. He searched high and low for his equal. And his Creator profoundly understood.  If there’s anybody understanding our need to relate, it is God. After all, God is Trinity. Before there was anything else, there was relationship, relationship among the Trinity that is. And relationship is what makes the world go round. We can see that in simple observations:

·         Being alone when we’re sad magnifies our sadness. With isolation sadness is heaped upon sadness. Picture yourself being stranded alone on an island. Soon you’d be talking to trees and ants just for the sake of a communication (albeit one-sided).

·         Being with someone magnifies our joy. Shared joy multiplies, as odd as it sounds, but it’s true: if you have accomplished something and you’re extremely happy about it – what if you had nobody to share this good news with? What would you do? Throw yourself a party of one?

Life without people is an odd couple, similar to faith without works or a fruit tree without fruit. “About as useless as a screen door on a submarine” is what Rich Mullins ventured to say in his Screen Door song. Let’s cherish the people in our lives, even if they sometimes get on our last nerve – because you get to celebrate when they’re happy and you get to share in their sorrow. We need to relate; that’s just the natural order of things. And guess what: It’s what God does!

“Faith without works is like a song you can’t sing. It’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.” (Rich Mullins)

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