Nothing destroys like isolation. POW’s during the Vietnam War communicated and sustained one another by tapping through walls. The Hanoi Hilton, says ex-Air Force pilot Ron Bliss, sounded like a den of run-away woodpeckers. The North Vietnamese never mastered the code, which laid out the alphabet on a simple 5 x 5 grid. The code flowed so fluently that the men told one another jokes. Kicks on the wall meant a laugh. Every Sunday at a code signal the men stood and recited the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Even walls and guards could not stop the prisoners of war from having community and fellowship with one another. We face our own walls and barriers to true fellowship within our churches today. The essence of community is at the very least a conversation together, a quick connect, a holding of a hand to join forces together to serve this day. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. Question…“Is true fellowship alive and well in your life today?”*
Read Hebrews 10:24-25 from your Bible.
Sometimes in children’s ministry, you can feel alone, even in the middle of a crowd. It’s easy to become isolated. On a scale of 1 to 10, how connected do you feel with other believers. Why or why not? How can you have true fellowship with others?
Prayerfully consider what you have read today. Then take a few moments to pray for yourself, your students, and others with whom you serve in ministry.
There are no Lone Rangers in God’s Army. Together we stand shoulder to shoulder.
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*Adapted from a story told on Preaching Today Cassette number 218 entitled “Community At Risk.”
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