Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Church.
I was raised in the church and it was not usual for us to be there more than once a week. When your mom plays the piano and organ, her rotation comes up often. It was a small church in the Bronx and everyone knew you, making it a wonderful place to be each time the doors were open.
Since those days, I have attended some churches where I was known, and some where I was not known at all. Slipping in and out, with hardly a greeting.
This year has brought many of us to a strange place with church – no longer able to gather, we gathered online. And it was precious. Some gathered outdoors as the weather warmed. Some still gathered indoors but in smaller groups.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20, NLT)
But God kept His people connected. His Word still went forth and we are promised, it will not return void. It will accomplish His purposes.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
(Isaiah 55:10-11, NLT)
The Church. My Bible dictionary brings this definition: “the body of believers gathered to worship Jesus (not the building in which they meet)” (NLT Bible Dictionary).
The Church. It may look and sound differently in these days we are living but one thing is certain:
“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ”˜rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18, NLT)