Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are – chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Dinah Maria (Murlock) Craik, 1826-1887
What does a person want?
I believe, as one of Jan Karon’s books is so aptly titled, we want to be somewhere safe with somebody good.
Scattered within the many notes of my journals I have written unannotated words of various bloggers & authors reminding me frequently how…
“We desperately need each other.”
“Jesus never intended for us to live the Christian life alone.”
“The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.”
Yet, so often I forget just how much I need others.
Certainly I know that we need to live our lives out with others & throughout Scripture God tells us to “lift one another up!”
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding… “
Indeed, “we need one another to get through this life.”
Most especially God tells us to pray for one another.
“that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Undeniably, He would not tell us to pray for one another if he didn’t intend to answer those prayers.