Friday, February 12, 2016
He dispels a myth that is very predominant in the west today. We adore the rugged individualist. The lone ranger. One man contra mundum. We like to pretend that this is the way to be. But it's not.
Lewis tells us today that good things are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm, you stand near the fire. "Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?" So this shows us one very important connection we need to be nurtured and grow. We need to be connected to the vine that is God. If you find yourself separated from Him, seek Him. You WILL find Him, if you seek Him. He is waiting for you to take a step His way... He'll meet you on the way.
But that's not the only way that we stay connected. We also need other people. God didn't create us to be alone. He said so, from the very first person He made. "It is not good for man to be alone," He said. And yes, He was referring to a mate. But that means more than just our marriage relationships. We were created to live in community. To teach others and to be taught by others. To love. If you find yourself alone, ask Him to bring you into community. And then love the people He brings you.
God, thank You for making us to live in community.