When peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD. Psalm 102:22
Afflictions are common to all of humanity.
The grace of God in Jesus Christ extends to all peoples, to all nations.
His grace is freely given to us in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension.
All the peoples and the nations of the earth gather in gratitude at His loving redemption.
This loving redemption calls us out of our the midst of our troubles to gather together.
This loving redemption calls us forth from our propensity to disconnect.
This loving redemption calls us forth to gather together to worship the LORD.
Such places us together in His arms regardless of our circumstances.
Almighty God, help us to gather in your Name. Help us to resist the temptations that disconnect us from each other. Graft in our hearts a love of your name, a love of your Church, to gather to worship you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.