You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10
I am so thankful for God’s mercy. I have felt it over and over. I was once in the dark and it’s not that the dark hasn’t visited since I accepted God’ gift of grace, it’s just that His light shines so brightly and gives me hope and understanding that the dark time isn’t permanent.
We don’t stand solitary as Christians. God has joined us together with Himself, not only through Jesus, but then to all of those who trust Him. He has made us a people, a nation, all connected to each other and Him.
Because of those connections we are supported. In our grief, our happiness, we get to share our burdens, not only does God carry us through those times but He has given us a nation of believers, people to help us, pray for us, support us.
It’s times of sadness and loss that give us the brightest picture of this people. I’m seeing it bright and clear.