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“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

–1 John 4:7-8

I ran across a television show recently that was a documentary about animal behaviors and habits. I watched long enough to be fascinated by what I learned about sea otters. Did you know…Sea otters do nearly everything in the water. They eat, sleep, play, swim and even give birth in the water.

I learned that one of the fears of sea otters is that they will be separated from one another. So, to prevent drifting apart, especially while they are sleeping, sea otters hold hands. Another reason they hold hands is to give them better protection from predators and hunters while they are in the water.

The behavior and habits of the sea otters are a wonderful picture of the church and a wonderful reminder and lesson of how we are to live as God’s people…’holding hands’ so no one drifts away.

As we continue to navigate living in the midst of the ongoing pandemic and finding ways to safely gather together again, think about those that you haven’t seen in a while; maybe even before the pandemic. We have been intentional in trying to live out our church vision to be a welcoming home where we share God’s love by staying connected with one another in a variety of ways. We don’t want anyone to drift away.

So, let’s learn from the sea otters and find ways to ‘hold hands’ so no one drifts away. If you haven’t seen or heard from some of your church friends in a while or if you know of someone that may be struggling, reach out with a phone call, card, email or other means of connecting. Check in with one another and remind each other that we want to stay connected and not let anyone drift away.