A spontaneous conversation in a public place is rare these days. And one that is neither critical, complaining, nor vaguely political is even more unusual. Wondering out loud at the variety of pies that Marie Callender’s pie shop displayed (signs over empty plates suggested their purchase had preceded my visit) a lady also waiting on her order responded with a smile. I casually mentioned that I was getting a favorite pie for friend at our monthly potluck that evening. From her surprised expression, having six or seven couples in our home once a month is not something many do. Or perhaps, that many are not as fortunate to have the relationship that distinguishes this group with other types of gatherings.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.ACTS 2: 42, NIV
Who are these friends? Among our number are sports fans, gamers, and trivia buffs; teachers, entrepreneurs, and nurses; middle-aged couples and newlyweds. What bonds black, white, brown, olive, male and female friends such that we not only share in each other’s struggles but our joyful times? A miracle beyond comprehension but we are privileged to bear witness to the effects. Faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
In a backyard, sitting around tables, with a chiminea lit for added warmth, we celebrated our togetherness. Overheard were Spirited conversations about Jesus performing miracles. A couple veterans sharing sea stories. A few reminiscing about pets. Others talking of mortality and Eternity, football, grandchildren and the food.
As friends and disciples of Jesus, we are privileged though undeserving people living under Grace. Faith in our Lord, God and the Spirit compels us to share this privilege, modeling it for others. We must invite our neighbors for our next gathering. Talking to others about the source of life, Love, Grace and Truth, and giving thanks for God, may prompt more to embrace Him.