Gathering during Advent

gathering

Jesus said that when two or more gather in his name, He will always be with us. This is a very comforting thought. I know as a prayer minister, there are times when we can feel His presence around us. I have many thoughts on why this is not always the case. After serious consideration, I can only assume that those times that Christ’s presence is with us in our prayers is when we are present in the moment, not thinking of this past or things to come. As we all know, this is a very difficult task.

One of my most joyful times is when I am praying with others. I feel that I am sharing God’s Love the only way I know how, to be understanding, patient, and present in the time with my prayer partner. As a reader of Proverbs, I take heart in the message that God wants us to be givers, cheerful givers in the expression used.

I always search my heart when giving to the operations of or church. Am I giving enough? Am I giving too much? After all, I am retired with a reduced income. But then I think on what Proverbs is offering. God gives us Grace; it is our duty to chare his Grace with others. When we offer our brothers and sisters Grace, we are giving something far more valuable than silver or gold, dollars or Euros. We are giving of ourselves, the part of ourselves that truly does not belong to us. It belongs to God; therefor, it is not ours to give or to share. We are merely opening the part of us that belongs to God and offering it to our brother or sister.

When we gather is His name, we lift ourselves to a standard that God desires for us. We are restoring our relationship with Him, not for our benefit, but for the benefit of those around us. Jesus said that we must love God, love ourselves, and love our neighbor.

When we gather is His name, we are doing just that.

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