I’ve joined a new small group. My daughter Jenna is co-leading a Freedom group through her church. For 13 weeks we’re meeting weekly with other ladies to live into our freedom in Christ.
As our country feels more separated than ever, I’m feeling the need for more togetherness.
We’ve All Got Gaps
Our Pastor Pat preached on it yesterday, “Building Community” (Acts 2:42-47). He referenced this scene from Rocky (1976).
Paulie: [talking about Adrian] You like her?
Rocky: Sure, I like her.
Paulie: What’s the attraction?
Rocky: I dunno… she fills gaps.
Paulie: What’s ‘gaps’?
Rocky: I dunno, she’s got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.
We’ve all got gaps.
Kill Them Together or Leave Them Alone
And there’s this story. Do you remember this event from December 2015?
More than 100 Muslim and Christian passengers were traveling on a bus in Kenya. They were attacked by al Shabaab militants who ordered the Muslims to separate themselves from the Christians so they could kill the Christians.
The Muslim women refused to separate. Instead, they gave their hijabs to Christian passengers so they could not be distinguished.
They told the gunmen, “If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here.”
Instead of widening the gaps, they filled them in.
The Shabaab eventually moved on.
Together We Fill Gaps
What God promised us is his presence. He is together with us, as he is together as Father, Son, and Spirit.
And he tells us to be together with each other.
11 “Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night.”
12 “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”
Tomorrow night I’ll meet again with my Freedom group. We’ll learn a little more about each others’ gaps. Our holes. Our empty places.
We’ll also learn how to let Christ fill them.
But not alone. Together.
Find someone with a gap this week and fill it. Let someone else fill in one of your gaps.
Together we fill gaps.
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Can you listen to someone’s story this week? Tell someone yours? Please share in the comments.
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