No Man Is An Island

What is it about New Year’s Eve that makes us pensive and reflective about life in general, and our own lives in particular? Maybe it’s just me, but I always find myself thinking about the year ending and how different things are compared to last year at this time. The list is long today… our daughter moved to Denmark, a new daughter-in-law to be, this blog, retirement, painting, teaching, a new grandson, travel, a new granddaughter, major illnesses, healing from those illnesses, following God’s call to a new congregation. It all makes me wonder what 2015 has in store!!!

One thing I know about the year to come is that I won’t be walking alone. I have people I love, and people who love me, who will be walking with me in all the good and bad life dishes out this year. Maybe that’s why Tenth Avenue North is singing No Man Is An Island in my head this morning.

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
You don’t have to fight me, I am for you
We’re not meant to live this life alone

I have goals and aspirations for 2015 just like everyone else. One of them is to let other people in. To stop trying to do everything on my own. To realize that others love me and are on MY side. The song is right… We aren’t meant to live this life alone. God places people in our lives to help us bear our burdens. “Together we can lift each other up.”

Another goal for 2015 is to be that person for someone else, to listen more than I talk. I know that I need other people, so why not get my needs met by being there for somebody who feels alone, who is struggling to do it all by themselves? Who is that someone is your life who needs you right now?

Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let’s reach out to something higher
Ain’t no life outside each other
We are not alone

Being the person others need can be draining and often overwhelming, but WE don’t have to do it alone, either! God gave us His Spirit who lives in us. Our Comforter. Our Helper. The “voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” – Isaiah 30:21

May our God above you, Christ within you, and the Holy Spirit beside you be with you, carrying you through whatever comes in 2015!

Click here to listen to No Man Is An Island.

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