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Genesis 2:18 (CEB)
18Then the Lord God said, “It’s not good that the human is alone. I will make him a helper that is perfect for him.”

Romans 12:15 (CEB)
15Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying. 

Reflect

  Personally, I find it very interesting that in the middle of the second creation story, God stops and says that it would not be a good thing for the human (Adam) to be alone. I think it’s so interesting because Adam wasn’t alone. He was with God.

  Now, I believe that accepting God’s unconditional and unending love brings about an inner peace that cannot be attained anywhere else. God’s faithfulness is our comfort and our hope. But I also think that we often experience God’s love and comfort most easily through another person. And I think God has known this from the beginning.

  God created us to be with each other—sure, so that we could celebrate amazing things together, but also so that nobody would have to walk down a dark and difficult pathway alone.

  So, what keeps us from being with each other? Well, we’re selfish: Whatever is going on in my over-scheduled life is more important than what somebody else is dealing with. Or, we’re self-absorbed: Responding to this Snapchat is a lot more fun than trying to understand whatever you’re telling me. Or, we feel inadequate: What if you tell me something and I just don’t know what to say or do?

Respond

  Take this opportunity to consider how well you are being with those whom God has placed around you. Maybe it’s just a matter of being a little more attentive. Maybe it would be helpful to pray for opened eyes and an empathetic heart. And remember, if you come across a situation where you don’t know what to say or do, you have helpers, too: your parents, your youth leader, or a trusted teacher.

Relate

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