Recently I went to a family reunion for my parents’ 90th birthdays. About a month after that we went to a family wedding on my husband’s side of the family. Giving each event a perfunctory glance, one might say it’s all about food, flowers, music, cake, cookies and a lot of chatter. However, there is so much more going on. The Scriptures encourage us to get together with the family of God. Why? These experiences with my natural family made the answer abundantly clear to me.
On the surface, a white bridal runner, home made Italian cookies piled high on the dessert table, luscious carrot cake with ivory frosting, champagne toasts and many clinkings of glasses while the young couple reward us with a kiss. But beneath the white roses (with just a hint of pink), wishes of congratulations and happy smiles runs a current of issues: hearts that ache due to broken relationships. Faces marked by rivers of tears now slightly dried from their recent rivers flowing down. Hearts bruised from life’s fiery trials, looking for answers, praying for hope.
Amidst all of these hidden hurts, a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Pr 25:11). We have in our hearts and tongues the power to heal a heart and give someone hope. A measure of friendship lessens the depth of the creases where tears have worn deep crevasses. One young life looking for direction, another looking for hope. Even a quick prayer costs me nothing but my time and yet the results are enormous. How can we know of these situations if we don’t get together with our brothers and sisters? When we see each other, so much is going on. Where the threads of our relationships have been torn, they are being stitched back together. Patches are sown over places made bare from the daily wear and tear of life. Restorations and connections are happening even under the surface. God is not idle. If we give Him just a bit of our time and effort, He’ll run with it and stretch it out to last a lifetime. Especially in difficult times, much is accomplished.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.