I’d heard of it, read of it, dreamt of it but never really experienced it.
I’m speaking of real community like what we read of in the second chapter of Acts.
I just spent the last 8 days at a retreat center in the hills near Asheville, NC with 35 people hungry for God. It was a School of Spiritual Direction led by Dr. Larry Crabb – a.k.a. – Zorro, of New Way Ministries.
I can’t begin to describe what we experienced but it involved transparency, authenticity, crying together, laughing together, eating together, hiking together, praying together, listening intently together, celebrating together, encountering new freedoms together and offering words of life to one another.
It was like nothing I had ever experienced!
It left me captivated at the image of the Trinity – Father, Son and Spirit – engaged in perfect community and inviting us into Their dance.
It shook me to the core with newly discovered layers of sinful patterns in how I relate in ways that disrupt that same divine rhythm.
And it left me humbled by the overwhelming love of a Trinitarian God who is at this very moment, and every moment, relentlessly pursuing us to enjoy us.
I am so very grateful for the chance to have shared such a journey with 35 people I’d never even met before, but hope to meet again before eternity.
And it restored my hope that we can experience a deeper, richer fellowship than what typically takes place on a Sunday morning in most churches.
Real community is not limited to or directly tied to this particular event. It can happen anywhere that people come together in brokenness and invite God’s Spirit to move among them.
May we all come to share in such a taste of heaven and may it change our world as others are drawn to the dance of the Trinity!
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