Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
It sounds perfect doesn’t it? Meeting together, eating together, being glad and sincere?
Clearly they don’t live in my world.
My world where lunches need to be made, home work needs to be done, library books need to be found, uniforms need to be washed, arguments need to be negotiated and that’s all before 9am.
To be honest, it sounds a little bit like the brady bunch? Everyone was happy, always. . . . PLEASE!
But maybe, just maybe there is something to all of this. To meeting together, praying together, eating together. This community they demonstrated changed the way they were. It helped them to be glad and happy.
Since my adult years there has been a lot of talk about extraverted and introverted. In a nut-shell extraverted means you get your energy from being around others and introverted means you get your energy from being on your own.
There’s also a lot of about work-life balance. Getting the balance right? Spending enough time with family, work, friends etc. And sometimes I think church is just something on the side we attend if we can fit it in.
Well here’s a thought. . . . Maybe we need to be together more than we think we do?
Maybe we need to share the stories of motherhood, of fatherhood, of puberty, of menopause, of marriage and divorce and death together?
To stand together in the good, the bad, the ugly and to realise that this life with all it’s ups and downs is better because God and each other are in it.
Maybe when we actually do life together, the nitty-gritty, then we will be like these early believers with glad and with sincere hearts?
- Erica Noonan -