It’s like a slow dripping faucet, slowly over time you take notice. I don’t know about you, but at first you don’t usually react to a slow drip. It just drips.
You walk by and see it – but you are too busy to stop and do something about it. Then you forget it. Until the next time it drips. Notice me…I may lead to something greater than you can understand right now.
Sometimes the journey and path of marriage is a tough road – be assured it’s that way for everyone. Life takes off and away we go together. But, the Bible tells us we are not meant to be alone – that the burdens we carry and celebrations of life are not meant to be experienced alone. That He created us to be in communion with others. Drip. Communion with others takes intentional action though – it doesn’t just happen.
Acts 2:42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Garage doors open and close. Schedules are crazy. The reality is, we are missing it!
Our marriages and families can be taken deeper and wider by just looking out to the community God has placed right outside our front doors. You don’t have to go to work to find it; you don’t have to seek it out at the bar on the way home from the office. Intentional community can be available right outside your door – if you just look and invite.
A few months ago, but really years in the making, started the slow drip in our life. It would show up randomly – we would take notice – and then go about our merry way. New neighbors moved into the culdesac. Drip.
We would sit outside and play with our kids, connecting and being family and they would wave and say, “Hi.” Drip.
Our kids became immediate friends and we knew their kids well. Drip.
We started leaving the garage doors open when we were home. Drip.
We moved lawn chairs to our front yards. Drip.
Waves from our cars started to turn into a walk down the sidewalk at the end of the work day to connect. Drip.
Extra food led to invitations to come and share dinner. Drip.
Watching each others’ kids in a pinch. Drip.
Connecting and planning the day after worship. Drip.
Helping each other out when spouses were traveling with snow removal and broken cables in the yard. Drip.
Taking a turn catching balls for the aspiring pitcher in the culdesac so her mom could run in and make dinner. Drip.
Making enough food at a meal to share weeknight dinners together once in a while so we don’t have two kitchens to clean. Drip.
Spontaneous driveway bonfires. Drip.
Listening to the joys and heartbreaks in our families . Drip.
A quick text message turned into Friday night Pizza dinner. Drip.
Praying for each other – the kids and the marriages. DRIP!
1 Peter 4:9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
Romans 12:9-10 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Your marriage and family need community. God’s designed us for this. He’s called us to love each other, to SHOW LOVE for each other. In this way we can show the world that we are followers of Jesus – by our love.
So get those garage doors open Hope. Move your chairs to the front yard. Take a walk to the next driveway instead of waving the next time you see each other. Make another casserole the next time you are cooking! The Lord will delight in your actions and you too can delight in the blessing of community for your marriage, home and neighborhood.
Pastor Pat & Missy Quaid