I’m currently typing in a wood cabin, one of 3 identical ones that me and my extended family have taken up for a few days, enabling a much anticipated reunion of the Gatenby family since pre-Covid times. As they are identical, it can be slightly confusing, and easy to forget whether we are “at home” and thereby ‘hosting' other family members in our lounge, or whether we are ‘guests' in the lounge of others. Regardless, a good time is being held by all.
Over the last weekend members of our Christian family were also able to gather on a number of occasions. The first occasion was during our Passover meal, where over 50 folk came, ate and celebrated. One young man who had been invited by another only a few hours previously, confided in me: “I said a little prayer a couple of days that something nice would happen for me over Easter; joining in with you tonight with this meal… it just has!”
Indeed it was lovely to be able host such a special evening. On the other hand, when meeting for our Easter Sunday service, as a result of hosting 3 congregations (as a result of their own building being flooded) after our own service, at change over time it felt a bit like we guests in our own building! Thank you to all for your good grace and hospitality extended to those gathering in our midst – it was a truly special extended weekend, and one where our wonderful base was home to the blessings of God, both guest and host in our midst.
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