Posted by: amylamb | November 1, 2013

For Those Who Wait

The sun was just beginning to peer over the horizon when the Muslim call to prayer woke me from a deep sleep. Groggily I stumbled to the window, peering between the bars to see the cobblestone street below. Children clutched the hands of their mothers as men navigated their wheelbarrows full of goods to the market. A beggar squatted at the corner, wearily extending his hand to passerby.

Later that day I gazed out the car window as the driver coasted slowly between the concrete walls guarded by soldiers balancing enormous weapons. Once past the soldiers, we drove down dusty streets, narrowly missing grazing livestock and passing motorcycles.

Some time later, we arrived. I stepped across the threshold and was greeted by a woman whom I had never before seen nor spoken to. With sparkling eyes and a glowing smile, she kissed my cheek and whispered in labored yet beautiful English, “welcome, my sister. We have been waiting for you.”

There’s something powerful about the family of Christ. Though we are separated by distance, language, and culture, we share a bond more powerful than death: the thread of Christ’s grace that runs endlessly through our lives.

As the body of Christ, we are called to strengthen the bond between believers across the globe. We invest our lives into the cause for which Christ died: that we may be one, no matter what the cost.

We work for the woman in that distant country — the woman who faithfully prays and waits for her sister to come.

As you enjoy the presence of the family of God today, remember those who risk their lives to do the same. To learn more about how to encourage them today, click here.

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