Made To Be Relational
I give thanks as I look back across the last week at just a few such instances I've had in sharing the journey:
* A small group of folks went to visit a very sick friend of ours. That was a most difficult setting. Having shared the time together with him, his family and with each other seemed to bring hope and reassurance to us all that God was in our midst.
* Our Board of Elders met with members of the church finance team to discuss some of the financial concerns we’re facing as a congregation. The plurality of wisdom and the sharing of the burden lent clarity to our situation and creativity to move forward in dealing with the matter.
* I’ve spoken with a few people who shared a cross-cultural experience with me in Namibia this past summer. Ongoing conversations with these teammates helps to put our experience in perspective and cheers us all to see God’s hand is still very much at work in all of our lives.
* I’ve been involved in a number of conversations with other brothers and sisters about the wonder and mystery of our God. Whether in person over a cup of coffee, on the telephone, in email or instant messages, these ongoing conversations sharpen and encourage each of us in our spiritual journey.
* A few friends got together (as we do regularly) to daydream, if you will, about creative ways to meet ministry needs and to pursue our course as a church ‘along the way’. It is such a blessing to share ideas and tackle tasks with shared encouragement and energy.
As I said, these are but a few of the examples from the past week in my life. What a privilege it share the journey. What a blessing God gives in that closeness with Him brings with it closeness with others. Who are you sharing the journey with? Which relationships encourage you in your faith? Who are you encouraging along the way?