Walking Together

by Jun 3, 2022Easy and Light

Walking Together

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

I started walking about 15 years ago to lose weight, but it quickly became cathartic for me as my time to unwind. I have done several 5Ks and larger races during these years, but the race I am currently training for in September will be a special one for me. It is the first race that I will not be walking alone. My wife is accompanying me as my walking partner. When I race alone, I settle into a pace quickly and prepare for the long haul. Despite the several hundred other competitors around me, I sometimes imagine that it is just Jesus and me out walking. Just like the old hymn: “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own…” While it feels good just to be out there taking in the scenery, breathing in the fresh air, and communing with God, as the miles wear on, it starts getting harder to watch my fellow runners share the journey with their race partners and encourage them to finish well. I am greatly looking forward to the September to share the journey with someone. My wife and I can support each other through the difficult parts of the race.
Lord, please help us to reach out to those members of our church family who may have fallen out of the habit of worshiping together. Enable us to minister to them and encourage them to come back and worship with us in person again, if they are able.

Attending church at home during the pandemic reminded me of walking in all those races alone. It seemed strange at first, but it became comfortable to worship casually. I was able to sit on the couch, eat breakfast, drink coffee and worship in my pajamas – just Jesus and me in my living room. But after a while, as weeks turned into months, it became harder to do life without the fellowship and the encouragement of other believers. God made us to love and serve one another. He never meant for us to live out the Christian life alone. As the writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing but let us encourage one another…” Coming back to church after the pandemic was like coming home again. As the Apostle Paul tells us repeatedly, we are not just a collection of individuals. We are members of one body, and we are there to walk together through this life and encourage one another in the faith. 

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