WE MEET GOD not just as we sit alone in quiet corners but in and through the people with whom we live, work, and interact as we go through our daily routine.
Relationships present us with both a remarkable privilege and an awesome responsibility. … As other people’s lives touch ours, they help to form our faith and make us who we are. As we touch others, we reflect God’s love to them.
Relationships with other believers have extraordinary power in our lives because Christ is present in them. Jesus knew how important people are in conveying God’s grace and presence. “Where two or three people are gathered in my name,” he said, “I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).
Within our churches, small groups, families, and friendships, we learn from one another. We find encouragement. We challenge one another to follow God more faithfully. Other Christians enable us to walk as we should when we might otherwise have strayed or wandered. God uses relationships to form us, and relationships form us so that God can use us.
The Meeting God Bible
From “Ways of Meeting God,” page 1498 in The Meeting God Bible: Growing in Intimacy with God Through Scripture (NRSV). Entry Points and Articles Copyright © 1999, 2008 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. The Meeting God Bible was published in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.
Psalm 132:9, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ann Eliza Worchester Robertson (November 19).
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