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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, July 1

Matthew 18:18-20

”I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

I have read this passage over and over, this morning and many times in my life, and I don’t really understand it. I am lost in the details because they don’t fit for me. Clearly this is not meant to be a literal instruction manual from Jesus. Jesus is with us always- whether we are alone or with others. But one clear message does come through for me today. We are meant to gather together and to pray together. Is it that when we gather our voices have a special sound to the Lord? It is pleasing to God when Christians gather. This is worth thinking more about. When we pray together, God is pleased. When we gather together in His name, He is pleased. Gathering together is a good thing, and something we missed for much of the last 15 months. It is too easy for me to isolate, but I know how much I enjoy it when I spend time with others, especially those who share my faith.

Holy One, I ask you to continue to speak to me about this, so I can more fully understand. In the meantime, I will not choose to be alone when I can choose to be with other believers. I will need reminding. Amen

Becky, transforming

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