A high tide swept water up the beach, creating an extended inland pool. Small fish were washed into it, enjoying its warmth and refuge from larger fish. But this morning, the access to the sea has dried; the pond is isolated and slowly disappearing. Now these small fish are easy prey to wading birds and the hot sun. Their hours are numbered. I can’t help but think how vulnerable we are when we’re separated from our fellow Christians! I’m reminded how much I need my brothers and sisters in Christ to sustain me when my spirit feels arid, when my faith falters and runs dry. Please, God, keep me connected o your family in faith. I need their sustaining love and encouragement to strengthen me, and allow me to strengthen them in their times of need. Amen.