To God’s beloved people at John Wesley:
Recently, I was talking with a friend from school who now lives in another state. Since we were students together, this friend and his spouse have had two children. As we were catching up, we were talking about how his life has changed now that there are two tiny humans who live in his house (whether you have children or not, I’m sure you can imagine!). He told me about how much more complicated it is to go to the mall, now that he has a two year-old and a four year-old in tow. He told me that now, the first thing they do when they get to the mall is pick a meet-up place.
They look for a kiosk or a sign that stands out, someplace that the kids will be able to recognize. And then they make sure that the whole family knows that this is the meet-up place. If anybody gets lost, this is where they’ll meet up. If they get separated, this is where they can find one another. I was struck by my friend’s story, not because it’s a great tip for families with young children, but because it reminds me of what our life of faith can be like.
If we’re honest, we sometimes get turned around or a little lost. We try to live faithfully, but sometimes we forget to love our neighbors as we should. We want to be disciples of Christ, but it’s easy to be distracted by the busyness of life. Sometimes we are a bit like young children at the mall: we lose sight of the One who brought us there and we don’t know where to turn.
But here’s the good news: God has given us meet-up places! God has promised there is always a way to find the One who loves us beyond measure. The communion table is one meet-up place: Jesus promises to meet us at the table and share his very life with us. No matter what our day or week or year has been like, no matter what we’ve done or left undone, God is always waiting for us at this meeting place, offering us grace through bread and cup.
I suspect you have some meet-up places of your very own, whether they’re physical places where you feel close to God, or spiritual practices that help you reconnect with God. I often meet up with God by singing hymns or pulling weeds in the garden. I’d love to hear about some of your meet-up places with God.