As I take some time to reflect this morning, I am reminded of the importance of friendships in the body of Christ. In our friendships, we find comfort in times of grief, we share joy in moments of celebration and we provide support in the challenges of each day. In this unusual time, we are separated physically from many of these friendships. It's challenging when you can't see a friend or loved one face to face to give a hug or share words of encouragement. In the midst of that we still have these words from Jesus.
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." - John 15:12-15
Jesus Christ sought out friendships on his journey here on earth. He reminds us of the importance of these bonds in times of joy and sorrow. Take some time to lift up in prayer those that have been your support through challenges, shared in your joy, and provided comfort in your grief.
Throughout my life, I have found connection and comfort in times of deep joy and great sadness through music. I grew up with a Dad who loved to play music for all kinds of occasions. He would write songs for special milestones. I grew up playing music and dancing to music. Movement and music have been two things I can go back to find connection with God and with others.
Many people are sharing some beautiful music to provide us a place of comfort and connection during these challenging days. Last week Heidi and Christian provided some very meaningful music to invite us to reflect on Holy Week. One of the things I missed most about Easter was the full church and the sounds of voices and instruments proclaiming this Good News together.
A friend shared this piece from Yo-Yo Ma as he seeks to share songs of comfort to connect with us during this time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBOkHfvNSY