Getting together with old friends is similar to a small club that meets every once in awhile. The members like the club, want it to continue, and so work at building relationships. The process varies between groups, however the goal is similar. Families that actually like each other form a similar bond. They struggle together, work, play and build bonds with each other. It is almost as if they know that the blood that ties them together helps but is not enough! From an outsider’s perspective the clubs are clearly closed groups; too much history binding the members together for anyone to have a chance at breaking in.
I would love for you to meet Malcolm, Monica, and Malcolm; incredible people who share a wonderful God and life picture with us. Every year we stop by, our kids have grown up getting to know each other through swimming, pesto, and Pictionary. We don’t talk much about the past when we are together. We explore the present and wonder aloud about the future. We find ourselves stronger even when there is a dispute about the true Pictionary game result or the traditional paper-wad fight that follows.
It is hard to remember not being part of this club, but it wasn’t so long ago. Before kids and Monica and Cherry sharing a Bible study group together, we did not have this experience. Our journey with God follows a similar path. “There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God.” (Romans 11.30)
Something happened, something made the difference in the relationships. For small groups, there is one thing that starts, but quite another that provides the momentum of continuing. With M&M, it is our shared view of God that makes the difference.
Something happened awhile back in your own journey with God. You caught a glimpse of something different; a mystery that fills a void nothing else can, a sense of belonging when life keep pushing you out, and pattern of growth in ways you could never anticipate. God is your friend.