I love small gatherings of believers. Sure large gatherings have their place and I am sure people enjoy that. I love small gatherings.
Among the many things I love is how those gatherings can be prime ground for relationships to blossom simply by giving space for people to pour into each other. We respect each other and honour each other by giving space for each other to pour into each other. That does not always happen in small gathering. It’s not always typical, but it’s something that I have experienced and benefitted significantly from.
Broken people opening up on their brokenness and not finding people preaching at them or quietly dismissing them. Older people submitting to listening to younger people and vice-versa in a setting of honesty and grace. It’s brilliant. There is no main speaker. There is no star of the show. There is no one looking to be the centre of attention, because there’s an understanding that people will pay attention right where you are, even if you are on the margins.
All of those things I have had the honour to experience in those settings. That degree of looking to be a blessing by being yourself as you discover that with Jesus is such a beautiful thing.
Pouring into others for their healing, for their development, for letting out what’s been bubbling in, for the chance for others to have something to pour into someone else for their healing and development.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden