I woke up with a song in my head this morning—Bon Jovi’s, Living on a Prayer.
Not my usual genre of music, but then I remembered I had watched a video clip last night with a man singing that song. It must have gotten stuck in my brain.
As I continued getting ready for the day, I kept humming:
We’re half way there
Living on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it, I swear
Living on a prayer”
Then I looked at the calendar—June 30. How can the year be halfway over already?
I’ve seen comments on social media over the last few months that make fun of how difficult this year has been. Is it encouraging to think we are halfway through a difficult year? Do bad times even track according to a calendar?
Life is full of good times and hard times. When the trials seem to come at breakneck speed and we wonder if life will ever be the same again, that’s when we really need one another. Some events seem to cause a great shift and life doesn’t return to the way it was.
In the words of Sam Gamgee,
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
God has created us to live in fellowship with one another, with Him, and to His glory. We are not alone, even in the hard times. Take my hand. Take the Lord’s hand. Together we will make it.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV)
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 (ESV)