Huddled together in a warm
basement, the Spirit of God was there, too. As I looked
around the room, I felt such deep love in my heart for these
other women -- women of all avenues of life -- the business
world, teachers, teens, moms at home…godly women. We didn't
even all know each other. We were all different in some
But it didn't even matter.
There was such a common bond
it left me speechless. I knew it was "God's doing."
This is the way "church"
should be. This is sweet fellowship.
Last Thursday night a group
of us women got together for a Bible study. More specifically,
the James: Mercy Triumphs! study by Beth Moore. We
all invited friends. We had no idea who would come. But
God put a group of us together -- a group that hopefully
will grow each week that we meet together.
A common bond, a common fellowship.
Was it that way for the followers
of Jesus years ago? In Acts 1, they had just left the Mount
of Olives. Jesus had just left this earth. I can't imagine
what they were feeling: heartache, hope, shock, unexplainable
When they got back to Jerusalem,
what was there to do? Everywhere they went reminded them
of their Lord. What would they do without His earthly presence?
Oh, precious Jesus!
I guess it just seemed fitting
to fill the upper room and pray…
all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Did they feel that day as I
did last Thursday night -- In a room together…stuffy with
warm bodies, yet full of the fragrance of Christ? I am certain
they did. As they prayed together, it made them feel better!
They cried together. They pondered Scripture together. They
laughed at old memories together. They were just…together.
What did they pray about? What
did they confess…unbelief? Doubt? What did they ask for?
Jesus' return? Protection?
We are not much different,
you know, from the new Christians of Jesus' day -- the believers
in the Son of God. Jesus resurrection was fresh in their
memories…His resurrection is fresh on our minds.
What a beautiful thing God
has given us in each other.
Are you a believer? Do you
have a church home? Do you enjoy sweet fellowship? Can you
be yourself around your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
How do you feel about just being together?
As I am writing I am watching
7 year old Elijah cut up tiny pieces of chocolate to put
into his bowl of warm popcorn. He thought this up all by
himself a long time ago. His hands are filthy with chocolate
by the time he finishes cutting. But then, when he pours
the chocolate pieces into his popcorn bowl and shakes the
bowl around, the chocolate melts into what Elijah calls
"Popcorn Chocolate Soup."
I think some churches today
could do with a little "chocolate coating and shaking
up," don't you? I have been in churches before where
the sweet fellowship just wasn't there. There was no soup
mixture of believers and the sweet Spirit necessary to bond
us together into that unity of love.
over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all
in perfect unity…
Do you know that kind of love?
I can't wait until next Thursday
night. I can't wait to sit on the floor at the feet of my
sisters in Christ -- to hear their struggles, to share their
smiles and laughter…
…to be myself and feel totally
accepted……to learn and grow with them as we look into the
…to support and encourage them……since
we're all in this life together, you know.
That's God's plan.
Popcorn Chocolate Soup.
completely humble and gentle;
bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through
the bond of peace.
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