Friday, January 14, 2005

Farewell & Fellowship

Bade sad farewells to the Sydney-bound. Surprisingly teary. We weren't friends of the movie-watching, sports-team-cheering variety. We've never actually shared a meal or done "socials". In fact, the best description of our relationship would be that of "partners in the gospel". How contrived and artificial-sounding. Yet the sense of loss at their departure was unexpectedly palpable. Paul's wish-you-were-here-or-i-was-there bits in his letters (eg. Philippians 1:7, 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:17, 3:6) don't seem so hair-raisingly soppy after all.

Somehow, a relationship based purely on God and centred solely on Christ is so much stronger than normal. Theoretically, one of the God-ordained ways of receiving human love and encouragement is fellowship within the body of Christ. Admitedly, I've not quite trusted that something so unspontaneous could ever come to any good. Yet again, am led to repent as God's word is proven to be more than just ivory-tower theory, but an instruction manual of reality by the One who created this same reality. Ahhhh...if this is a mere shadow of what true fellowship might mean, heaven would be so good.

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