WHEN WE SHARE our experience from prayer, rather than trying to meet first in doctrinal or theological discussion, trust is created.
This experience of community stands in marked contrast to the fractious ways we meet together in most other places in our culture.
We need to be taught how to be “together in Christ.” It does not come naturally. We are well equipped to relate to one another from our perceived views of what is right and wrong. Our national political discourse reinforces polarizing viewpoints. Rarely are we taught how to watch over one another in love. … By coming together in a prayerful posture and listening for God’s message through scripture, community is created. We share in the body of Christ and stand in awe of the unique way each person is being touched and called by God.
—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life
From page 21 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
In your neighborhood, on Twitter, or on Facebook, do people with opinions different than yours know that you still love them? Share your thoughts.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
—John 15:12, NRSV
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Come Holy Spirit, come.
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