The Bible tells us to celebrate and weep with other people. During good times, rejoice. During change and loss, grieve. It’s simple but yet not simple at all. Romans 12:15 says, “Celebrate with those who celebrate, and weep with those who grieve” (TPT). This requires some kind of connection and attention. That’s where there is a great disconnect today.
When we look around, we see people intensely glued to their smart phones. The cell phones that were supposed to help connect us have instead divided us. We miss out on time with family and friends because we cannot take our eyes away from our phones. We use our phones to go on social media and become further disconnected from our fellow neighbors.
Attention is just as big a problem as connection. Do we really give one thing attention at a single moment? We have all become multitaskers. I am not sure that I can think of a time when I am fully doing one thing. Even during worship service, it is too easy to let your attention drift when a distraction catches your eye.
Yet even today, with the lack of connection and attention, we are to celebrate with those celebrating and weep with those weeping. We may not hear all of the rejoicing or catch all of the tears. Nonetheless, we can aim to be intentional. When we recognize a moment of celebration, we can join in. When we recognize a moment of tears, we can be present. Small steps. These small steps are big to someone else. Today, look around and see if you can join in the rejoicing and the weeping. Look around your home, your workplace, your social media feed, etc. Take time to seek out these opportunities to be present with another person. You won’t regret it!
Thank You Jesus for the blessing of friendships! We have so many reasons to rejoice! May the offering of our thanksgiving and worship be pleasing to you today! May You receive glory through our celebration! Thank You for the opportunity to grieve with our brothers and sisters. Thank You for catching ever tear in Your bottle. Remind me to be present today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.