Posted by: amylamb | November 11, 2013

Strengthen What Remains

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The dirt road before me wound endlessly through the rolling green hills of a country far from home. Not once on the three-hour trek did I encounter another soul; a telltale sign of the desolation of my destination. My reflection in the dirt-stained window grew fainter as dusk began to settle over the hills beyond. I hope I can find them in the dark, I thought.

The image of a distant village grew clearer as I approached, still unsure how I would find the ones I came to meet. But there, on the main street, I saw her — a woman with greying hear pulled loosely atop her head and long skirts blowing gently in the evening breeze — and I knew she was the one I was looking for. There’s something about the compassion behind those eyes and the joy behind that smile that I could recognize anywhere in the world …

I left my shoes on the threshold of her home and entered quietly. She led me up a rickety staircase to an empty room with a large window that overlooked the village below. There I sat, cross-legged on the floor, watching people slowly trickle in from every direction against the backdrop of the setting sun. Before long, darkness had set in completely and the room seemed to be illuminated only by the shared, undeniable glow on the faces of the family of God.

No Bible, songbook, instrument, or podium could be found — but strangely, it didn’t seem to matter. Scripture and songs recited by guests were spontaneously met with heartfelt “amens” and “hallelujahs.” A basket in the corner overflowed with the generous gifts of the sacrificial. Somewhere within the songs, the prayers, the laughter, the stories, and the gratitude, I think I saw it — a glimpse of the Kingdom of God.

Communities like these continue to gather all over the world, some risking their lives to do so. Though the gatherings are small, the power within is enough to change the world. These are the few who remain in the face of persecution; and if we listen closely, we will hear the call to “Wake up, and strengthen what remains …” (Revelation 3:2)

Learn how here.

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