Daily Dose, Oct. 21 — Church: Why Bother?

Daily Dose -- Church: Why Bother? “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers; our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares. We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear; and often for each other flows, the sympathizing tear. When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.” These words were written by John Fawcett in 1782, and they remain the words that resonate in the hearts of believers in church throughout the world. In times that are wrought with so much division, we are reminded that Christ unites us, binds us together through love and fellowship. We live life alongside one another and share in the good times and in the hard times. We cry together, and we laugh together. We celebrate and we mourn, side by side. Many a time, I have sat with someone going through the deep pain of grief as they said goodbye to one that they love. Through tears, they said that they just didn’t know how people go through the hard times without Christ and without their brothers and sisters in Christ for strength and support, promise and hope. Praise God! We don’t have to live life alone, but are joined together in Christian love, and that we share one another’s fears, hopes. We bear one another burdens, our hearts joined as one. Blest be the tie that binds. -- Rev. Terri Henkel