Earlier this year, a few women and I started meeting one morning a week to read the Bible, talk, and pray. The magic started, no surprise (with Him at the helm), after only a week or two of our meeting together... and it hasn't stopped yet. The words leap off the page. The hearts tie themselves together as we talk. The burdens lift as we share them. Our gatherings became a bulwark in my heart right from the start, and a highlight in my week. And so it remains today.
Last week we were in John 13, covering the events just before Jesus' death, and we talked about Jesus' response to Peter when Peter asked where he was going. Jesus, in classic Jesus fashion, answered by saying, "Where I am going, you cannot follow me, but you will follow me later." Leaving Peter to of course ask a) where Jesus meant, and b) why Peter couldn't come.
"What's with all the mysterious language; couldn't Jesus just be clearer?" we said. "For example he could have said, 'Later this week I'm going to be killed. I'll be dead for several days, then resurrect and remain permanently alive.' Wouldn't that have been so much simpler for everyone?"Read More