How often do you catch up with your family and best friends? Every day! In this stanza from Herbert’s Church Porch, he marvels at the simple pleasure of joining in conversation with both other believers and God.
Though private prayer be a brave designe,
Yet publick hath more promises, more love:
And love’s a weight to hearts, to eies a signe.
We all are but cold suitours; let us move
Where it is warmest. Leave thy six and seven;
Pray with the most: for where most pray, is heaven.
Have you heard about penguins staying warm in the Artic? They crowd together and take turns moving from the outside to the middle. Without the group, they would be popsicles!
Ephesians 5 talks a lot about living in a community that is God-oriented; very different from earth communities.
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
God, thank You for fellowship with other believers, and life in a community. It is a blessing to gather and have family-style conversations together. Please let me see how to better to foster these times together. Amen.