Coming Together

By Terry Wardle

June 18, 2012

Every Wednesday evening, about 7pm, a gathering begins at our farm. Seminary students, university students, and a few people from the community draw together for fellowship, food, and time discussing the Kingdom of God. And of course, there is prayer.

This weekly gathering has been a gift for Cheryl and me and we feel blessed to be part. The people who come have become family, and we experience the promise of Jesus when we meet. “Where two or three gather….”

I am still reflecting on the invitation of Jesus in Mark 6:31,

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

By yourselves. What does that mean? In the text, Jesus and his disciples were very busy ministering, so much so that they did not even have a chance to eat. So Jesus calls a timeout, and gathers his close knit family for time together … away from everyone else.

There is something rich here, a spiritual discipline of sorts. Jesus, a small collection of friends in faith, stepping away in order to come together. No agenda other than investing in the “one another” life. No task to complete, no agenda to follow, no expectations of each other … other than being together with Jesus.

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