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Our Daily Bread: 24 May 2020 - Talking Tables

Our Daily Bread: 24 May 2020 - Talking Tables

Our Daily Bread: 24 May 2020 - Talking Tables



May 24 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59

TALKING TABLES

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
Acts 2:46

READ ACTS 2:42–47
Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gender—feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connection between people. Those looking for human interaction simply seat themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.

The people of the early church were committed to shared connection too. Without each other, they would likely have felt very alone in the practice of their faith, which was still new to the world. Not only did they “[devote] themselves to the apostles’ teaching” to learn what following Jesus meant, they also “[met] together in the temple courts” and “broke bread in their homes” for mutual encouragement and fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46).

We need human connection; God designed us that way! Painful seasons of loneliness point to that need. Like the people of the early church, it’s important for us to engage in the human companionship our well-being requires and to offer it to those around us who also need it.
By Kirsten Holmberg

REFLECT & PRAY
Help us, God, to seek connection for our sake and that of others!

How can you intentionally connect with someone today? How might you be overlooking opportunities for friendship?``` 

HAPPY SUNDAY
STAY BLESSED

This devotional  by was written Kirsten Holmberg for ODB

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