Last week I posted that while the Sunday morning church service can be good, I desire more. And I do occasionally experience more. Sometimes it’s in those solitary moments with just me and the Almighty. But the sweeter times are when I experience more in community. There are three situations when more can occur.
- Intentional Activity: Twice a month I have the opportunity to meet with like-minded spiritual seekers. We share, we pray, we listen, and we practice, putting our faith into action in ways that stretch us and grow us: often uncomfortable but usually encouraging. This is my prime community of more, one that has formed me into who I am today.
- Around Food: There are a handful of close friends who I meet with periodically at coffee shops and in our homes. We share our lives together, not in a superficial, gossipy way, but with deep connection, encouraging and being encouraged, challenging and being challenged, serving and being served. Life is better in their company. Together we experience more.
- Affinity Group: Once a month, I meet with a group of Christian writers. Our intent is to share our writing. By design we don’t offer a requisite prayer to start or end our meetings; we don’t schedule time to read the Bible or share a devotional. We focus on writing – though God is always the subtext. We are artists, sharing our creations with each other and offering them to our Creator. This is a highly spiritual experience for me, a valuable time that can provide more.
All three of these situations offer me more. They provide the more I seek, surpassing the Sunday morning church service as my key times for spiritual formation and connection with the divine. The traditional church service pales in comparison when I encounter more.
May we all seek and find more.