Gospel Reading and Thoughts for September 7, 2014

Jesus teaching 4Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.

If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’

If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


Now that my schedule is changing, getting together even in groups of two or three has become difficult.  Back in the days when endless hours of diapers, dirty dishes and Sesame Street stretched before me, finding time to get together with others seemed easier.  Just grab the kids, the diaper bag, a few snacks, and leave the messy house behind me – it’s not going to be clean until they leave for college anyway.  But now that everyone is in school and work looms, obligations fill times that were once more flexible.  In addition, the people that I have spent years “gathering” with for Bible studies and playdates have had changes to their lives too – new jobs, new homes in new cities, new babies, starting school over.  Gathering has become challenging.

But I believe that “gathering” does not always have to be physical.  Now, I must rely on our spiritual gathering, praying for each other, lifting each other up in our thoughts each day.  We are still sharing what we pray for, just in absence of the actual presence of each other.  I pray that this “gathering” will still call the Lord into our midst each day.

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