This passage marks an important time for the apostles, a time when the apostles realized how vital it was that believers were meant to be united and should not be separated from each other.
Do we feel the same way and realize how crucial the worldwide fellowship of believers is, or are we content to stay nestled in our own churches, not particularly concerned with what others are doing in their churches?
The laying on of hands is likely not as common as it once was, but the spirit of sharing what we believe and inviting others into the fold has not changed. Nor do we need to be afraid to accept an invitation from another to learn about what’s happening in their church. At the core of it all, forever and always, is Christ Jesus and his heavenly Father and ours rejoice in family get-togethers.
We may be separated by distance, language and even some different ways of doing things. But we are a family; God says so and, through Jesus, urges us to make ourselves at home and to welcome others into the family.
Father God, bless all your children, all the brothers and sisters we know and the ones we haven't met yet. Amen. — DLG