I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:16-18From Helen Machell
Ping, Ping, Ping. My phone goes again with message after message from friends, school mums, family, and now even my road has a WhatsApp group. I am reminded of how connected we are right now, more connected than we have ever been. Yet at this time we are physically disconnected.
Not meeting together as a church is a big deal for many of us. However, although we are physically separated, we can still remain together as God’s people and in our relationship with our heavenly Father. Over the last week as a family we have read, listened to and watched how others are doing this at home. Some have been helpful, others not so, but during each of them we have learnt something more about our heavenly Father and his love for us.
During this time, I have been reminded of (OK, I read it in a book and thought it was good to write about….!) the passage in Ephesians. Paul is writing to encourage the church to remain in the Lord through all things. Whether we meet together in a physical building or across the internet, the church is the people who meet together to praise and worship His glorious name. Through this we can be rooted and connected to each other, so that we deepen our faith and knowledge of our loving Father.
So for as many weeks as we cannot physically meet, my prayer for us all will be that we all have a better understanding of how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.