Last Saturday evening we once again got together in our home with some friends. (See “Sabado, el Cinco de Mayo” for a description of our last get together, and for a list of posts about our previous Saturday get togethers.) Several of our friends who had been to previous Saturday evenings get togethers were able to come again. Also, one young man was able to come for the first time.
Interestingly, I had planned to make ham for dinner. But, we enjoyed the brunswick stew at lunch so much (see the end of the post “It’s just a thing…“), that we decided to get enough stew to share Saturday evening. Another family decided to bring chili, so we had a soup night, along with a few other extras that people brought.
When I write these posts, it is always difficult to decide what to write about. I’m never able to write about everything that happens. And, in fact, what happens and what is said is not the most important aspects of the meeting. The most important aspects of our Saturday evening get togethers are the people and the relationships – the fellowship that God is creating through the Holy Spirit. We shared words, thoughts, suggestions, prayers, praises, laughs, tears, hugs… we shared life together for a few hours.
So, what did we talk about? We talked about how God had answered prayers in some areas of life and how he is continuing to convict us in other areas of life. We talked about living in the tension of accepting people as they are and yet wanting to see them mature in Christ. We talked about how our get togethers might be more about serving others instead of always only about talking. I have blogged about some of these topics, and I’m looking forward to writing about others soon. When I get together with other believers (not just on Saturday evenings), I usually come away with many things to think, pray, and study about. This was no exception.
I am very excited about many of the things that we talked about. I’m excited about how God is working through my brothers and sisters. There are two things that I am particularly excited about.
First, we decided to think of a way that we could meet one Saturday to serve others instead of just to talk and encourage one another. I think the church has emphasized speaking gifts to the detriment of serving gifts, and we’re hoping to begin having a more level emphasis on both speaking and serving.
Second, the young man who came to our house for the first time told us that he and one of his friends are hoping to spend time with our son – and other young people – this Summer. We are excited about the way these young men can disciple our children.
So, these are a few things we talked about and a few things we did last Saturday evening. These words do not begin to describe what God is doing. We’re beginning to know one another and ourselves better. We’re beginning to trust one another to share our struggles with God and with other people more openly. We’re also learning that others will accept us, even when we admit we are not perfect.