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I Feel Left Out

When was the last time someone invited you to hang out, and you told them “maybe”? Was it because you were worried about missing out on something better? Or what about this— the last time you checked your messages just to see if anyone has reached out? 

We all dread the idea of something fun happening, only to find out about it after the fact. It almost hurts to hear friends talking about something spontaneously fun they did, and we missed out because we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Talk about the “wrong place at the wrong time”… In the upper room after the crucifixion, a close friend of Jesus, Thomas, stepped out for some fresh air. While he was gone, a very alive Jesus showed up, and the other disciples got to see Jesus, raised from the dead. It gets worse: Jesus was gone by the time Thomas got back. They told him all about it, but it was hard for him to believe that someone who’d been brutally murdered could come back from the dead—even Jesus. But the amazing thing? Jesus came back again for Thomas.

We think Jesus is the kind of person who does that for all of us. Even when we miss out the first time, he comes back again, and again, and again because he loves us so much and wants to have a close friendship with us. Here’s a scripture and prayer for those of us who live in fear of missing out on important, fun, or spontaneous things.

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’” (John 20:24-25).

A Prayer for Fear of Missing Out

Pathkeeper, you direct my steps and guide me to what’s best. Please lead me into the experiences you have for me today. Peaceful Presence, fill me with your contentment to accept life as it comes, and not to worry about what I may miss, or what tomorrow may bring. True Friend, when others forget me, comfort me with your presence and love. Amen.  

 

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