“I am a gift giver
You are a gift giver
We are all givers and receivers of gifts
And the Greatest gift you can give and receive
Is the gift of Love
The gift of Love”
I remember singing these words during mass on the gym floor at the Catholic school I went to, OLV – Our Lady of the Valley. The school only went through grade 6 but that gave me 8 years of songs embedded in my head.
I think in those days turned into years is when I realized that I don’t need to be in an actual “Church” in order to experience the love and community that is Church. I learned that God gave us the Gift and the Gift was Jesus and His command and promise was Love and that all love is ordained by God Himself.
In recent years I have learned that I can minister through my writing, through Facebook groups and posts. I can experience community and prayer in the grocery store with an old friend or on Twitter in our Party’s. I see MY church every day when I turn on my computer and there are messages full of praise reports, prayer requests and notifications within the groups I lead.
Those are my people, my Church, gifted to me by God through His Love.
I prayed for quite a while, probably 5 years about whether or not I want to begin attending church and while I still haven’t decided God has gifted contentment into my heart for what I am doing and where I am at right now on this spiritual journey.
My prayer is that my story will bring Him glory, that I will encourage someone along their own personal path and that everything I have been through in my life will not be for Satan’s service.
The Bible tells us that where two or more are gathered in His name in prayer it will be done and since Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist back then I can only assume that the connections I am making in the social media realm count and that God sees/hears those prayers and is a witness to our hearts, we aren’t just community, we are family. Separated by continents, countries, state lines and time zones, yet He has gifted us into one another’s lives.
In God there are no mistakes, Only truth.