One of my favorite promises from the Lord—among many—is the one that Jesus made to his disciples regarding his presence: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt 18:19-20)
It’s really pretty cool, isn’t it?
Doesn’t take several hundred or a few thousand or even a dozen or more. Just a couple of folks sharing faith and a desire for the presence of Christ. And not just a peripheral presence, no sir! Right smack dab in the middle. At the very center. Which works out rather nicely. And… is right where those who gather in his name want him to be.
I’ve witnessed his faithfulness to this pledge again and again and again over the decades of my life thus far. Felt his presence, seen it in the expressions of others. As palpable as any object or other being in the room. Known within my heart, mind, and spirit that he is, indeed, right there, communing with his people through his Spirit and his presence.
Whether it’s with a room full of friends, a handful of family, or just Randa and me, it never fails to bring me a sense of comfort and reassurance. Knowing not only that he is hearing us through our prayers and our praises but is also speaking to our hearts and souls. Communication that transcends language, messages beyond words, expression greater than conscious thought.
And that brings a peace that passes understanding.
If you aren’t experiencing this in your worship group, I’d like to suggest that you consider adding a smaller group meeting to your spiritual repertoire. It only takes you and one other…