September 2020

Friends

There is no thing quite so wonderful as an evening of shared food and rich fellowship among friends. It is sustenance for body and soul. The presence of God is often experienced in such simple gatherings, as He bestows His blessing on the expression of love freely given in friendship.

Here at the Williams’ establishment, we make it a priority to host friends regularly because we believe in the value of shared life. In these days of social distancing and mask-wearing, it seems the value of shared space together has risen. We’ve learned not to take any small gathering for granted, and we’re more keenly aware of the profound beauty of a smiling face.

I’m reminded that Jesus’ first public miracle was performed at a wedding. There are a great many truths to be discovered in the scriptures portraying this event, but one of them is simple: Jesus is a good friend, and He loves celebrating with His friends.

Hospitality is in the heart of God. As elect exiles so-journing here on Earth, believers are being prepared to live with Him forever. And, He is preparing for us to be there with Him. Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” I love the intimacy and sense of excitement that Jesus exhibits here. It’s like He’s saying, “It’s going to be great, guys. I can’t wait for you to see it!”

When was the last time you were excited to be with friends? Think about how you felt and what you did to prepare. If you’re like us, the planning and preparation is almost as satisfying as the gathering. It’s a labor of love and an expression of ourselves that is focused on the receiving and refreshing of the friends God has given us. Blessing upon blessing.

Heavenly Father, how great is Your love for us, that You would create us to be, together, with You, forever. You have promised that if we overcome by the blood Jesus and the word of our testimony, we will remain in the Kingdom of light and dwell in Your household in places prepared especially for us. What glorious promise! What delightful hope! What enduring peace is ours in Christ. Thank you, Father, for letting us see Jesus, our beloved Savior, our dear Friend, and our ruling sovereign. In His name, we pray and give thanks, amen.

Until next week, dear friend, open the door of your heart and welcome Him in.

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