last night was our gathering time
an evening set aside
to come together
and worship our King
this time there were four gatherings
all scheduled at the same time
in four corners of our city
one of these corners was across the river
on the Quebec side of our region
this being a technological age
the plan was that we would be hooked up
and thus see and hear each other
as we raised a canopy of prayer and worship
over the land ...........
well, as sometimes happens
the technology end of things failed at times
but the vision remained ...........
this was our final gathering
after eleven years
the vision carrier believed it was time
to place the seed in the ground
and let it rest
to be resurrected
as God chooses
having been involved from the get go
it was a difficult evening .............
if ever there was a time to gather the body together
it is now
so much of the body is not willing
is not desirous
is not yearning
to be with one another
this is not the first seed to be put into the ground
and I suppose it will not be the last
but it all has caused me to wonder
what has happened to us .........
there was a time
when we could hardly wait to come together
we all loved to worship
but it was the worshiping together
losing oneself in the Presence of God
while surrounded by the body
it was a time to hug
sometimes to cry
always to touch
and be touched
we loved one another
in our love of God
and now ............
so many are simply too busy .......
too full ..........
we have lost our appetite for God
our mouths are so full of junk food
we can no longer taste the sweetness of manna
we slake our thirst with fizzy pop
and no longer seek pure living water
in the settling
for the things of the world
my heart is heavy this morning
there is an aching for the body
the living stones no longer cry out .............
will the rocks and trees sing for us ??
and there is this fear in me
that I too will become weary
it doesn't take much of a storm
to douse a flickering flame
where are you, my brothers and sisters
I am not whole without you ........
what has happened to us ............
we look at ourselves
through anorexic eyes
where there is barely skin and bones
what has happened to us ...........