This week’s article is written by Dan Nickel, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
“Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing be lost.” John 6:12
With the Internet, social media and television so prevalent today, we live in a world of fragments. Our lives are now fragments of images and text. People look at us as fragments.
We now live in the moment. Social media has become our culture, and our culture is now lived out on the airwaves. And in doing so an image-driven culture empties itself of any substance.
The fragmenting of our lives can have a devastating impact because we have difficulty taking our fragmented images and integrating them into a consistent whole self.
Living in the fragmented moments, we forget that we are more than just physical, earthy-material beings. We forget that we are whole beings created with a body, a mind, a soul and a conscience.
Today, people have a hard time seeing why the Bible and Jesus are relevant to their lives. The Bible and Jesus are relevant because they both remind us we were created to live a harmonized life. While we saturate our smartphone and tablet screens with our memories, many of us are also searching for a meaningful life that goes beyond fragmented moments and images. The Bible helps answers questions we have for our whole self. It connects and harmonizes the head and the heart. It helps connect the body, the mind and the soul.
So gather up your fragments as Christ commanded. Christ helps you gather up the fragments of your life’s debris, perhaps drifting on the celestial waves. The fragments and wreckage of ruin, isolation, alienation and loss you’ve experienced. Gather them up and carry them to Christ. He will touch you, strengthen you, and renew your heart and mind to start again.