November 2023

Sharing Life

I awoke this morning in someone else’s home. The bedroom was charming, with pale yellow walls and dark traditional furniture. The bed coverings were a rich red and pale gold, and the window cornices matched the color scheme without matching the pattern. Just different enough to be pleasing to the eye. (I have a thing about too much symmetry.) There were fresh towels and bottled water in the guest bathroom, which had a faint but heavenly scent. I was wrapped in a cozy and warm hospitality, and I smiled with happiness.

We had been invited to spend the night with our dear friends so the men could attend a gathering of some of the younger men in our spiritual family. Shortly after arriving, we two women saw our two gentlemen off to their event and proceeded to spend a delightful evening talking about anything and everything and sharing both tears and laughter. Sweet fellowship that heals and strengthens.

As the four of us sat over coffee this morning, each remembering the jewels of conversation from the evening before, my heart was gladdened by the knowledge we had each made memories that would last. There is a deep satisfaction in sharing life with dear friends. The sharing elevates the most mundane to something of significance and lightens the burden of the more difficult challenges we all must face. The dailiness of life together in the Kingdom of God has a way of forming treasures that find our hearts.

As Scripture encourages us, we should “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor, not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” (Romans 12:10-13 NASB)

Dear One, where are the treasures of your heart? Is God’s Kingdom at work in your life in such a way that the eternal things call to you? Is the sharing of life with others what your heart desires? Let us be about the Father’s business: loving others as we embrace His love. (John 15:12)

Until next week, beloved, share the healing life of love you’ve been given and find your heart.

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