Walking into the hospital thoughts were rolling around in my head of what to say to a church member whom I barely knew. Being led by the Holy Spirit to the hospital to pray for others is a great experience. Upon entering her hospital room and saying hello she had a look of confusion on her face. She had fallen almost a week prior and hurt her head so her memory was a bit fuzzy. We hadn’t had any long talks and I didn’t know much about her but after that day I knew a lot more and what God wanted me to do. After a few minutes she started to remember me and tears began rolling down her cheeks. My heart broke as I heard her say, ” you are the only person from church that has been here to visit me.” I knew that she had been a member there for over 70 years and couldn’t believe no one had reached out to her. Staying with her for a bit we spoke of likes and dislikes, plus the ups and downs that our church has had over the years. It dawned on me that even though I came to visit her it didn’t make me a great friend. The only interaction we’ve had the last couple of years is exchanging the peace during service, giving a quick hug and saying peace be with you. I felt like a total heel, here is this amazing woman that our church is blessed to have as part of our church family that we barely know is there. Being totally honest, it can be hard for me to get to know everyone at church. Some conversations last longer than others so it makes it hard to speak with everybody in an hour and a half. God was speaking to me that day telling me to branch out and expand my circle, not just sticking with the people that are around me the most. Fellowship is crucial to the church and there needs to be more of it and not just for an hour and a half, we need time to rub elbows with everyone and have them feel like family because that is what church is, our family. We grow and learn from others experiences through God and I feel as though that opportunity was missed by not speaking with this woman who had been here the longest. Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifice God is pleased. Philippians 1:5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. Sometimes we can form little cliques in church and not even know that we are doing it. My challenge from here on out is to go up to as many people as possible that I haven’t interacted with much and spread the fellowship. I challenge all of you to make new friends at church expecially with those who are older.
Heavenly Father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day, help us and guide us towards sharing our love for you with others. Give us the strength to fellowship with everyone and not just the one’s we choose. In Jesus precious name AMEN.