Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 18, 2013.
Reading: Matthew 18: 15-20 (Click to read text)
Reflection: As I was writing this reflection, I was getting ready for a gathering of some of my close friends. Every once in a while we would all get together and spend a weekend together. Food, fun, and fellowship abounded as we recounted old times and caught up on our busy lives.
One time when we gathered in the winter, we went outside after being in a hot tub and made snow angels in our bathing suits. Several times when my friends visited me at my parents’ house, they toured my dad’s funeral business. There was also the time when the phone rang during one of our gatherings and our friend from Pittsburgh asked if someone could pick her up—she was at the local train station and wanted to join our celebration!
As Christians, it is important that we get together and share time with other another. My parents were always hospitable when I brought friends over for the weekend. My mom and dad would go all out to make everyone feel like part of the family. It’s great to be able to socialize in a Christian community.
As the 1960s song by Chet Powers says, “C’mon people now, smile on each other, everybody get together, try and love one another right now!” --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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