Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.”
One of my very favorite things to do is celebrate my people. Growing up, my mom was so intentional to celebrate all the small milestones with decorated tables, thoughtful gifts, and delicious treats. She knew what mattered to our family and she made an effort to highlight special moments that I still remember years later.
We are regularly flooded with an overwhelming amount of news on the daily from people that we love.
Are we taking the time to share in the rejoicing moments? This could be as simple as a handwritten note of congratulations, delivering a small treat, or planning a celebratory meal on a larger scale. It’s really about acknowledging and praising God jointly on behalf of our people. Seeing His faithfulness and goodness in the lives of my sphere seriously ignites my spirit. There have been some really sweet times in my life where He has kindly answered a uniquely specific prayer that I’ve been praying alongside a friend ~ my heart swells!
What about the heavier moments? Are we able to sit in the silence, the pain, the fear, the doubt with those we care about? To pray alongside, to carry hope, to encourage with a letter, to just simply listen. The story of Job in scripture really challenges me to be slow to words and quick to let God do the work. His friends attempted to speak on God’s behalf instead of just sitting in the sorrow without trying to find a solution. Job was vulnerable and they seemed to become too uncomfortable to remain silent. Anyone else convicted?
BOTH opportunities are meaningful and so incredibly important. God calls us to be in community for this purpose. He allows us to be a part of His plan and wow I’m so grateful.