Many moons ago, I was part of a group that got together each week, usually on Friday evenings, for Bible study and prayer. The group also planned and organized other activities - dinners, shows, parties - I even remember a canoe trip once (don't ask any questions - just suffice it to say that I never, ever got into another canoe!). I'm not exactly sure how we all drifted apart, but I've only ever kept in touch with a couple of friends from the group.
Well, a few weeks ago, someone got the bright idea to plan a "reunion," and so just this past Saturday evening, most of us got together again for dinner at a restaurant in Newtown Square. Someone made the startling pronouncement that we started meeting together twenty-two years ago - quite a shocking concept! Someone brought at least a gazillion old photos, and we had a good laugh. We hugged, we kissed, we prayed, we shared old memories, and we caught up on each other's lives over the last 18 or so years. We collected current contact information on everyone, and we dedicated our gathering to the memory of five members of the group who have gone on to glory.
God has a way of bringing people into our lives when we really need them. This was a group I was introduced to when I was going through a particularly tough period of my life. We held each other up and we prayed and studied God's Word together. And we blessed each other's lives.
I believe that relationships between brothers and sisters in Christ never really end. Instead, just like our souls, they are eternal. We are joined together by a bond that is much stronger than just "friendship." We are bound together by our love and commitment to Christ.
I'm so happy we've all reconnected, and I look forward to another gathering sometime soon. And I encourage you to think of your brothers and sisters in Christ who you may have lost touch with, and do what you can to reconnect!