In This Together
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread reading titled in this together was written by Tim Gustafson
 Kelly was battling brain cancer when the covid-19 crisis hit then fluid developed around her heart and lungs and she had to be hospitalized again her family couldn't visit because of the pain and I'ma kick her husband Dave vowed to do something Gathering loved ones together Dave ask them to make large signs with messages they did wearing masks 20 people stood on the street outside the hospital holding signs best Mom love you we are with you with the help of a nurse Kelly made her way to a fourth-floor window all we could see was a face mask and a waving hand her husband posted on social media but it was a beautiful face mask and waving hand
 late in his life the Apostle Paul felt alone as he languished in a Roman prison he wrote to Timothy do your best to get here before winter yet Paul wasn't totally alone the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength he said and it's also apparent that he had some encouraging contact with other believers eubulus greets you he said to Timothy and so do puta Linus Claudia and all the brothers and sisters
 we are created for community and we feel that most keenly when we're in crisis what might you do for someone who may feel entirely alone today
 our scripture reading today is from 2nd Timothy Chapter 4 verses 9 through 22
 do your best to come to me quickly for Dimas because he loved this world has deserted me and has gone to if that's the one I got Creations has gone to galatia and Titus to Dalmatia only Lucas with me get Mark and bring him with you because he is helpful to me in my Ministry I send ticket kiss to Ephesus when you come bring the cloak that I left with carpets Metro ass and my Scrolls especially the parchments Alexander the metal worker did me a great deal of harm the Lord will repay him for what he has done you two should be on your guard against him because he strongly opposed our message that my first defense no one came to my support but everyone deserted me May it not be held against them but the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength so that threw me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it and I was delivered from the lion's mouth
 the Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring you safely to his Heavenly Kingdom to him be glory forever and ever amen green Priscilla and Aquila and the household of honesty Forest erastus stayed in Corinth and I left trophimus sick in my latest do your best to get here before winter uvulas greets you and so do Putin's Linus Claudia and all the brothers and sisters the Lord be with your spirit Grace be with you all
 let's pray dear father thank you for the comfort you give us through your spirit and for the community of Believers you surround us with to be alert to the needs of others who are feeling lonely and reach out to them and be a friend as they need thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today I'm Steven and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries