“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home at ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”
Have you ever ventured through an attic or basement and noticed how much stuff accumulates that we cannot remember where it came from or why you still kept it around? At one time it was probably special and maybe a special person gave it to you as a token of affection or in hopes that it would provide some type of comfort or enjoyment. It is not the gifts or the cash however, that is the longest lasting gift, it is our gift of time to somebody else. Though things fall from memory, someone who stood by us through a difficult time will never be forgotten. In the early church everything was a celebration; food, drink and especially the gathering of the faithful. It is no wonder the “Lord added to their number” day by day because truly that is what is yearned for; a community to laugh with, cry with, and be with. In our baptism, we promised to serve by our “presence.” In other words, as God is “there” for us at every turn of our lives, we are called to be there for others. The more we serve, the more our Spirit-enlivened presence is felt, celebrated and appreciated. Someone told me a few weeks ago that we should “worship like our life depends on it, because it does.” Worship brings the people of God together in one place for a few hours a week to just let go and let God into our lives. We are called to serve with our “presence” because you are needed by someone else to come along side to give support and comfort, especially in times of uncertainty or loss. Be there for somebody who is alone, tired, abandoned, hurt, unsure, dying, cast aside; the list is endless. Be present with the love of God; the time is now to be present, especially for those crying out, “precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn…” (Thomas Dorsey, “Precious Lord, Take my Hand.”) You are called to be the presence of Christ in the life of another because within you abides our Living Lord. Thank you Jesus!