When I go to the post office or the grocery store in my small (but vibrant) community, I will often see members of my congregation getting their mail or buying some groceries, just as I am doing. If time permits I will enter into conversation with them. If another member of my congregation shows up at the same time and joins our conversation, I often use my standing joke on them: “Be careful. Whenever two or three of my congregation gather, I get the urge to start preaching!”
That is not what Jesus meant when he said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” But the accidental meeting with others in my congregation does remind me and hopefully them, too, that Christ is present with us in our everyday living. Christ accompanies us along every step in our days. And through his presence with us, we have his power to create and maintain bonds with one another. When forgiveness is needed in our daily endeavours, his presence empowers us to forgive. When healing of souls and minds is needed in our day-to-day living, Christ’s presence brings that healing. Whenever and wherever we gather in his name, we are given his great power.
Remind us always of your presence with us. Amen. — DBB