Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

our hearts in Christian love...

One of the joys of being in full-time vocational ministry is that God takes you to various places over the years. At each of those places dear freindships are made.

20 years ago (wow! that makes me sound like an old man, doesn't it?)
anyway, 20 years ago my family left Denver, Colorado and moved to West Tennessee. (Culture shock would be a different post!) At first you keep up a little with those you have left behind, but over the years it gets harder to do so. Eventually you pretty much lose touch. You still have a warm spot in your heart for those friends, but you just can't keep up with everything like you would like to.


So, this past weekend we got a call that one of our dearest friends in Denver had just had some pretty major surgery. I got her husband's cell phone number and gave him a call. Wow! We talked like old friends who had just gone out to eat after church the weekend before.

How is that possible? It's because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family. The rest of that verse is "the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above."

Verse 3 tells why I called.

We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

We shared moments like that together in Denver and because of God's love in us for each other we can share those moments now.

Verse 4

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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