Times of Refreshing

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Psalm 133:1-3

We are the recipients of a double blessing. We had the pleasure (this long weekend) of spending some time with two families from the chapel. On two different evenings this weekend we were invited to dine, and we were blessed immensely as a result of the offer.

We enjoyed, first of all, that someone had us as a family in mind. How nice it is to be noticed, and thought of. It reminds us of Christ and how he noticed us in our despair, and rushed to Earth to save.

We also were humbled by the effort expended on our behalf. The time that it must have taken, the resources used in the making of the food, and the warm hearts there to receive us, all encouraged us beyond our words.

As the scripture above states, it was a precious ointment to us. The fragrance of it all and the refreshment afforded to us cause us to blush in unworthiness. And I suppose this is the Gospel itself. We, as sinners before a Holy God, were deserving only of a fiery judgment. Yet our Judge became our Savior, and has invited us to dine.

We are thankful for this truth, and for the blessings of fellowship.

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