At church tonight we learned about some transitions that are taking place, ALL wonderfully great things! One Pastor spoke with us about the changes with love, grace and unity. Another Pastor gave a powerful message on, well, power. There was electricity in the air, there was transparency, there was depth, there was love, grace and raw emotion. Or, maybe it was just me.
After the message we had a time of worship. The lights were low and I sat with my eyes closed allowing the sweet sound of worship to flow over me. Before I knew what was happening I was completely overcome by tears.
Several years ago a sweet young girl, who is now a beautiful young lady, and who attended a tween Bible study I hosted in my home, would ask for prayer for her family to know Jesus. Week after week this was her prayer. It was as I sat reflecting back that the realization hit me. A few months ago a family member of this young lady began attending church and brought with her another family member. Tonight she came with two more family members.
There I sat completely overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness, his grace and his love, when I felt a gentle touch on my hand. I opened my eyes and a dear sweet friend of mine had brought me communion and shared a word of encouragement with me. If I was overcome and overwhelmed before, I was now completely wrecked. You see, my friend’s word was about answer to another long-standing prayer. I sat and cried unashamed as wave after wave of God’s goodness washed over me. But, God wasn’t done yet. As I sat with my head bowed in complete and utter awe of my Jesus, I felt an arm go around my shoulders and another dear sweet friend began praying over me. She held me in her embrace and simply prayed without any hurry to finish, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide her words.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35.
Tonight I experienced John 13:34, 35 in a new and profound way. A shift has happened in me. I don’t know what that looks like or even how to explain it, all I know is I had to write about it.