Long distance friends for over 30 years. We have never lived in the same state and hadn’t seen each other in person in 19 years. It was time for a reunion. The Tennessee government offered a promotion to get tourism going that allowed me to fly in for free. We met in Nashville for golf and a night of worship with Crowder.

Over the years, we have stayed in touch and lifted each other up during life’s challenges. We call each other when we have something to celebrate and when life is hard. We have prayed for each other, but most importantly we encourage each other’s faith. I know if I am wrestling with life or God, she will have the perfect word to refocus me.

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV).

Faith is meant to be walked together. We are meant to meet together, spur each other on, help each other when we struggle. I am one who often chooses to isolate when things get hard. I am one who struggles to set aside work and prioritize people. I am slowly learning that my friends are there for me and want to be supportive. I know I want to be there for them. I think it’s time for more reunions.

It’s the season to prioritize gathering with each other to build each other up. It is the season of hope. It is the season were we remind ourselves that love, grace and mercy still abound. When I look to my friends, I see it in its fullness. It gives me a renewed reason to gather.

This season of hope is often filled with obligations and can feel overwhelming. Do you focus on gathering to renew your spirit? Do you need to have a reunion with those who encourage your faith? Do you have a faith community that brings you joy? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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