The pandemic has had many of us working from home, losing employment, fearful for the safety of our children at school or daycare, struggling to pay bills, struggling to determine the next career step, as well as so many more health and wellness issues.

With all that, we have social issues and unrest, political differences, and frustration building from the most disheartening collection of events in one year that I can remember ever seeing in my lifetime.

I encourage you to take a moment to consider that no matter what is going on around us, we are in this together.

There is a reason why we have family, community, country, and the world around us.

Globally we are connected, and though we all do not look the same, act the same, or think the same, there is a good reason for that.

God made each of us individual, so take this time to consider the fact that nobody else in this world is like you, but we all need the same thing, love, compassion, empathy, and a reason to live.

Matthew 12:31 - Love your neighbor as yourself.

As our country continues to become more divided than I can remember in my lifetime, everywhere you look, it appears that the world is a nasty place, where there is so much hate, driven by false claims for specific agendas.

But while all of this is going on around me, I know that God has blessed my family tremendously in 2020. We have been in the palm of his hands, and he has guided us through so much already this year.

With the birth of our second son, how can I not look into the eyes of my wife and boys and feel God's amazing power and presence in my life.
There are many verses of scripture that talk about being divided, but I have a special place in my heart for the book of Matthew, so as I close out this message, I want to share Matthew 12:25.

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) - Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.