God is faithful, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

(I Corinthians 1:9)


I had the blessing of spending time with my grandchildren online in a Zoom call on Mother’s Day. My granddaughter kind of took over the call closer to the end as she was trying to, rather slowly with one hand, the other arm/wrist/thumb in a cast, type out her birthday list to me. My grandson, age five, was walking back and forth waiting for his turn. Quite unhappy with his big sister, he expressed his impatience with a lament,

 “I’m missing my time with Grandma!”


Have we not longed to be back together in fellowship as one with the Lord and with one another?

Have we not missed our time with some impatience and lamenting in waiting?

Stay-at-home directives to help control a virus have separated us in many ways.

God knew we would need the presence of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Fellowship in the Lord is a special gift only Christians can fully unwrap, open to the Light, and experience. God has given us a church family—brothers and sisters who share a common bond, a common love, a common faith, a common hope in Christ. Through Christian fellowship, we are each other’s mutual support and companions through the challenges, tests, struggles, suffering, and hardships in this life. We are each other’s faithful friends, sharing in the joys, special moments, and laugh-out-loud times. Our solidarity is secured in our united efforts as comrades in the cause of Christ, showing His love through our lives and through our fellowship with one another.

Fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord cannot exist without the presence of CHRIST Himself. When we pray, when we break bread, when we sing, when we worship, HE is with us. When we share a meal and thank Him for it, HE is seated at the table. As we clean the building in the spring, HE is there in our midst. When we sing carols to the elderly in a nursing home or assisted living, JESUS is harmonizing with us.

Fellowship in Christ is fellowship with Christ.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

(1 John 1:3)

This gift of Christian fellowship, bestowed by God, is a blessing in this life but an even greater joy in eternity. Our friendship, our companionship, and our togetherness will continue forever.  Human fellowship cannot last, but fellowship in Christ endures and grows stronger.

Can we envision what Christian fellowship in heaven will be like?

Will we strive to have the kind of Christian fellowship on this earth  that prepares us for that Day?

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

As we come together once again, let us pray with purpose and faith that we may use this God-gift of Christian fellowship to help and encourage each other in our walk with Him, as we work together in solidarity to bring souls to His salvation-and to this special fellowship of His followers.

(Sharon G. Tate 05/31/2020 blog)  Meditations on God’s Word

Mary and her Son: Keeping These Things and Pondering Them in our Hearts

26 When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

(John 19:26-27)

On the cross, while enduring the most extreme agony of suffering for our sins and abandonment by His Father, Jesus looked down and saw His mother. He knew she would need to be cared for, and John, His trusted disciple “whom He loved” was near. Jesus made it clear in the wording He used that Mary was to view John as her son and John was to be that son to Mary.  John accepted this great responsibility and took Mary home with him.

In providing for His mother, Our Lord demonstrated His love for this woman who bore Him. Mary was told by the angel that she, a virgin, would bear a child who would be “the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)  She didn’t understand but humbly accepted this responsibility by verbally stating: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38).   When the shepherds came to Bethlehem to find the child, Christ the Lord, in the manger, Luke recorded Mary’s unspoken thoughts and feelings about this birth: “… His mother kept all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:17-19) When Jesus was twelve and told his parents, who were looking for Him, that He was about His Father’s business in the temple, they did not understand. Luke, once again, recorded her unspoken thoughts and feelings: “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:48-51). 

We can only imagine what Mary really pondered all those years. “Mary, did you know?” are the lyrics written by Mark Lowry to a well-known Christmas song. Mary had been “pondering” all these years, and she seemed to know that Jesus had the power to perform a miracle at Cana and provide more wine for the wedding occasion. : When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’  5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you’ (John 2:1-5). And He, then, turned water into wine, performing His first recorded miracle. “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11). His mother had already believed in Him.

Mary was with Jesus, her son, throughout his life, and she was at the foot of the cross when He was sacrificing Himself for all mankind. She was a mother who loved her son and gave Him up for us.  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38) Her words could be heard, not only at the beginning, but also at the end of her son’s life on this earth.

Mother has the word “other” in it. A mother has a special bond with her child from conception until she dies. She looks outside herself to her child and gives to that child first above her own self. The “M” in a loving mother is never the completed word “me” for it defers, instead, to the full word “other.” Her “other” is the child she bears, the child who grows inside her, the child who continues to grow outside her body but never outside her heart.  Mary was this mother.

To those of us who are mothers or future mothers, let us strive to be the woman and mother Mary was: “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you’ ” (Luke 1:28).

Let us all be as caring toward our parents as Jesus was to His mother. In spite of all that He was going through on the cross, He remembered her and provided for her.

Our mother is our deliverer into this life. Jesus is our Deliverer through this life.

May we keep all these things and ponder them in our hearts.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/10/20) Meditations on God’s Word


God know that I AM Be still


Distress Signal Sent



We are currently living in a time of stress and distress. MAYDAY for a vaccine to control a deadly virus. MAYDAY for a treatment to use until a vaccine is safely tested. MAYDAY for all those who are not working and need financial assistance. MAYDAY for the business owners who need a loan to keep their business afloat. MAYDAY for all those “essentials” working away from home, possibly at risk of contracting the virus and infecting loved ones. MAYDAY for those who have lost family and friends to this virus and cannot be with them in their final moments. MAYDAY for all the children sheltered-in-place away from school and social relationships. MAYDAY as the mental and emotional toll escalates.


Only One can calm that distress within and respond to our MAYDAY.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
(Psalm 27:7)

Are we trusting in God to help us through these times of stress, loss, fear, turmoil, loneliness, isolation?

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
    His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to Him who has no might He increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.
 (Isaiah 40:28-31)

 Our cries of distress are heard by God. He is ever-present with us. We must be present with Him in our prayers–talking with Him, communicating our needs, seeking His help and strength, reaching out for His comfort and His peace.

 20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    He is our help and shield.

21 Yea, our heart is glad in Him,
    because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let thy steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in Thee.
(Psalm 30:20-25)


(Sharon G. Tate blog May 1st 2020)  Meditations on God’s Word