The fragrance was everywhere – the smell of fresh oranges, apples, plums and fresh cut watermelon. No… I wasn’t at our farmer’s market, in an orchard or a grove. I was attending and speaking at a women’s retreat in North Carolina. The weekend was filled with laughter, tears, praying, reading God’s word and opening up our real lives with each other.
Grace, love, kindness, gentleness, goodness, thankfulness and joy filled the air. Women from different backgrounds, different colors, coming from 7 or more different states, sharing our joys, sorrows, burdens, pain from broken lives and fears of the future. We listened with patience, prayed with faithfulness, spoke words of kindness, loved each other with hugs, and laughed our socks off with joy until the wee hours of the night.
Why? – Because we belong to each other, we are sisters, our Father is the gardener and Jesus is the Vine. (John 15:1)
The Result? – “My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.” John 15:8. Jesus prayed, “…may they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me…” John 17:23
Our culture not only watches our individual lives as believers in Jesus but most often the community of believers. How we act towards each other, our love for one another, our actions and words say a lot.
Are we fragrant or do we smell like rotten fruit full of unforgiveness, bitterness, pride, selfishness and impatience?
Prayer is the greatest unifier of believers. It forces us to tear down walls. Walls made from pride, prejudices, and denominational divisions. On October 15, I will participate with over 100 churches and over 2,000 believers in Raleigh, NC for Prayer 2013 at the Memorial Auditorium. Pastors from the area will lead us in praying for our area and nation. There will be no denominations or ministries listed or advertised. Just praying with one another and seeking God together. Now if we could join together like this more often out of love and need for each other – the world would notice. I sure hope the community of Raleigh notices that night.
“For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing –.” 2 Corinthians 2:15
Have you experienced some special times of fragrant aroma among some community of believers? Are there ways you can join together with other believers in your area for prayer?