Saturday, August 1, 2020

We Show Who We Are in Our Meetings

By J. Randal Matheny

    We meet together today as God’s holy people, purified by His word of truth and cleansed by the blood of Christ in baptism.
    Our meetings reflect our character, which in turn determines our thoughts given to the mercies of Christ, our gratitude thrown upward to God, our praises louder for new life in the Spirit, our prayers fervent that others might come to this knowledge.
    In our meetings, we acknowledge our churchness, that we are a people, that no one walks alone, that purification leads to fellowship, that God’s word unites us.
    Our meetings, like all parts of our life, private and public, show who we are: faithful to the command of God, bound together as followers of Jesus, empowered to serve in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
    In them, ineffable joy breaks out, peace infuses each soul, love finds expression, compassion turns to generosity, and to need is granted fullness.
    Be present, and be a celebrant of the God who reigns and blesses.

- J. Randal Matheny edits and writes UPLift, an inspirational ezine. He
may be contacted here: <http://randalmathenycom/>. When reprinting this
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