I have thought about this sermon a few times in the last weeks. Here are some excerpts from a message I brought years ago that may speak to us in our relative isolation today:
Can you imagine a grown man crying hysterically about losing
Silly? Not if you saw the film Cast Away. (Spoiler alert)
Something else incredible is the people who watched the Tom
Hanks movie and cried along with him when he lost Wilson
connected with what he felt.
The sole survivor of a FedEx plane crash over the Pacific,
he washes ashore along with other debris.
Among the items is a volleyball,
As he attempts to rub wood together to start a fire, Hanks’
character badly cuts his hand and in frustration picks up this volleyball and
He later notices that his bloody
handprint looks like a face and so he finishes the impression with his blood.
Thus, this volleyball becomes his companion, his
conversation partner…even someone to argue with.
We all have
a basic drive to connect.
To connect with others…to belong.
It goes beyond just not wanting to be alone.
It is to be a part of something
We are hopefully blessed to be part of families.
We are also able to choose others
to connect with.
Especially close people perhaps become mates.
Some are blessed
with best friends.
Others are more blessed to have a
tight circle of friends or co-workers or organization, such as say … a church.
ever felt that electric connection in a crowd?
I felt that
electric current recently at a basketball game during the National
I looked around at all the people and knew we didn’t share
the same opinion about everything and we sure didn’t all look the same, but
there we were with our hands on our hearts, one nation under God.
electric atmosphere is a very real phenomenon.
Large numbers of people come together not as an unruly mob,
but as an entity greater than itself … cheering, praising or singing the words
to the same song.
It can give
you goose bumps.
Performers often say they have done particularly well
because of the connection with the audience.
It is like
a circuit is completed.
Concert means: unity, harmony, accord, agreement.
You may remember a mine accident that happened in 2002 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Nine miners were trapped for over 3
days when their shaft flooded with icy cold water.
After several failed rescue attempts, the governor told the
media that a little help from the Almighty might be needed.
The day after they were pulled from
the ground, the public found out about a vow the miners had made.
The decided to “live or die together” and had tied
themselves to one another with rope so if they drowned they would all be found.
It kept individuals from floating away from the group and
helped huddle them to keep them warm in the freezing water.
helped them survive.
need to connect is God given.
God made us to be
relationship with Him and one another.
It is part of our
When you say the word, “connect” these days, for most people
it now means getting online on the Internet.
Did you know
that in 1992, there were only 50 web pages?
Part of the reason for the explosive growth was how
scientific minds across the globe got connected and worked together to create
something greater than any them could have imagined.
(A common refrain during this COVID-19 crisis is "We are in this together." I hope that when this passes, we will never take our togetherness for granted and focus on the things that unite rather than divide us.