I do not know any other way to say it other than to just say, “I miss you.” The craziness this pandemic has spawned has all our lives turned upside down. One of the things that I miss the most is the time that we get to spend together as a family. Having to stay socially distant has done just that; kept us distant. The family of God functions best when we are together. Through this time we find blessings, because we are a family, a family of God.
As a church family, like your own it is important that we spend time together because that is how we really get to know one another. When we spend time in fellowship, we grow closer and we learn how to better encourage, help, support, and care for each other’s needs.
The idea of a church family is not new; it goes back to the early church in the book of Acts. In Acts 2:42-47 we see that the very first church took great strides to be together for study, fellowship and worship. They loved being a family. Verse 44 tells us that ‘all the believers were together and had everything in common.’ Not only did they make it a priority to spend time together in fellowship, but they also realized the importance of studying God’s word and will for their lives. As a family they met regularly to break bread and to pray and praise God. Because of their commitment and dedication verse 47 shares, ‘the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ Being family and seeing great things happen is contagious.
I want to encourage you to remember that we are a family and never forget how important it is that we spend time together regularly for study, fellowship, worship, prayer and praise. Sometime soon, we will be back together and we will find a new normal. I believe that when we do, we will be blessed and will see our family here at Stockton Christian Church grow. Thank you for being a part of the greatest family this side of heaven!
Pastor Michael Tunnell