Have you ever been in a large crowd? There are people everywhere, and all you want to do is escape. And just like that, you think about the Lenny Kravitz song Fly Away. There are times when we need to get away. We need time to be quiet, to reflect, and to be alone so that we may listen to God. We have learned many things during the pandemic of 2020 — about society, God, and ourselves. We also learned that, although physical distancing may be necessary at times, social distancing ourselves and living in isolation is never part of God’s plan.

Read Hebrews 10:19–25.

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to know the hope and assurance we have in our faith because of Christ Jesus, our Lord. He also says in verse 24–25, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” Our faith in Christ is strengthened by one another and by meeting with others who belong to Christ.

These verses are part of a more significant theme throughout scripture of believers living connected to one another. This week we have focused on crying out to God, confessing our sin, and trusting him for healing, but part of the process is found in James 5:16. It says, “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

Who do you have in your life that you can confess to and pray with about life’s difficulties? Do you have people in your life that you know deeply? Do people come to you and trust you as they cry out to God? If none of these things are true, begin praying and seeking people who are growing in their faith that you can encourage and who can encourage you. We are not alone in this journey. Cry out to God.