Our first Table service for 2014 is tomorrow and I can’t believe it has only been a year since we began this journey. I feel that since our very first service on January 18, 2013 we have undergone so much together. The friendships I have made here at The Table have been immeasurable beyond words. I have been strengthened, challenged, loved, and humbled by each and every one of you.
Often times I can become quiet in our conversations because my emotions begin to well up inside me, causing me to lose my ability to express what I am thinking, thus I opt for silence. On numerous occasions I have been asked why I was so quiet. All I can say is that often in those moments I am overcome by a heart of gratitude and humility, awestruck by the community of believers that God has blessed me with. To be among believers that love God with all their hearts and seek after Him in all their endeavors. That love the truth and long for the world to know it too. That love one another. That understand what the Church is supposed to be. That value each other as the Body of Christ. That pray for one another so consistently and sincerely. We truly have the Father’s heart for one another. My heart has longed for this for so long. He has made good on His promises.
A community such as this is truly a rarity.
I really cannot express how thankful I am to Pastor Stephen and Anna for being obedient to God when He called them to craft The Table. It has changed everything.
Many of you know 2013 was a difficult year for me, but so many times without you knowing it, you blessed my hurting heart. Words, prayers, scriptures shared, trials you’ve faced, a hug, a joke…all of it meant so much to me this year. That I didn’t have to bare any of it alone. God’s faithfulness was made manifest through this community so many times for me and I clung to it tightly.
It has been truly an honor to grow in the Lord alongside you all. I am so excited for what He is doing in and through us. He is making us new. Let 2014 be a year of deeper commitment to Him and to each other. I love you and am always praying for you.
In the words of Paul who so clearly articulates my affection towards you all:
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.”
– Philippians 1:3-11