by Fred Pruitt
I had been wondering what to write about our great time last weekend (Sept 14-16, 2012), in Kansas City. It turned out to be a small group, and we’re not strangers to those. Since the advantage of a small bunch like that, basically spending most waking hours with each other on those days, allowed and encouraged a more intimate sharing, where everyone participated, both in giving and receiving. We were facilitated by our resident Englishman, Tony Maden, who did a great job keeping us on track. And our “theme,” “the humanity of Jesus,” was very evident as we went through the weekend. Want to see the humanity of Jesus? Look around you!
I could say more, but as I mentioned above, I had been wondering about what to write, and then I received an email from Mary Blair, one of our participants in KC, who gave her description of our weekend. It’s so good I don’t have anything else to say, except – AMEN MARY!
From Mary Blair
Monday Sept 17, 2012
What a blessed weekend of sharing we had in KC! Many thanks to Tony and Sue who were the best of hosts and made us all feel right at home in their small bungalow. Greeting one another again with hugs and kisses was such a delightful experience! To me it felt like I’d come “home.” To my surprise and great joy it swept over me again while we were eating dinner Saturday evening at a nice restaurant. I was almost overwhelmed by a depth of love for everyone there and I experienced a deep sense of contentment being in their presence. I must have been on a spiritual “high.” The only other time I can recall feeling like this was after surgery when I was on pain meds which made me love the whole world 😉
We were blessed to welcome three new folks one of whom (Darren) had flown in from Atlanta and joined us for the entire weekend. Like all of us who have experienced God-appointed disillusionment in our spiritual lives in order that we might seek the “deeper things of God” so too our new ones experienced the same and have embarked on a faith journey of coming to know not only who they are in Christ but to accept by faith that Christ is really living His life in, as, and by them. On we go 🙂
L to R: Sue, Dee Dee, David, Mary, Fred, Bob, Darren. Tony is taking the photo. Not in the photo are Sue’s mom, Anita, who joined us Sat. evening and Sue’s friend who came Friday evening. dbl click on photo for enlarged picture.
Further from Fred
One thing I have come to see with absolute certainty over the years, is that “our labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Of course it’s easy for all of us to give lip-service to the idea that “numbers do not matter,” and the platitude, “Well, God has here just the ones He wants.” Stuff like that. And I’ll admit, when I walk in the door someplace where we are having a meeting and there’s only one or two there, sure there is a little pang of disappointment, for the moment. But it doesn’t take long to get the equilibrium back and to know, one more time, that this is the Lord. There is no lack or anything coming behind in any way whatsoever. We live Spirit-led lives and all our steps inseminate the world around us with the heavenly Seed, giving birth to the plants our Father has planted, with the Promise that one day they will grow up and bear fruit.
It has also taken me a long time to realize for me, personally, that the Word of God we have been given, takes on a new life of its own when the Seed finds a good field. Once the Seed sprouts, God is responsible for the increase. As Paul wrote, “I have planted, and Apollos has watered, but it is God who gives the increase.” (1 Cor 3:6)
And over time, one begins to “see” the increase. The “increase” is always within. But as the increase within grows and expands, in the same way we see the increase in the visible as well.
We bear “Heavenly Seed!” It is the strongest Seed in the universe, for it has nothing that can thwart it! Let us not belittle ourselves in any way if we see little no apparent “results.” They are there!!! Like the night before the Red Sea parted, the winds blow all night in the mystery of God in the inner reality, only to reveal a dry path across the Sea in the morning (in the outer reality).
Psalm 126 – A Song of degrees
“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”