Did you say "Koinonia?" I thought that was exactly what you were thinking! Some of you are laughing because that sounds like Greek to you and guess what? You're right, because it's Greek. One of the things that I cherish about this Christmas season is the sweetness of the fellowship that we experience in the context of the body of Christ. While there are many grand gatherings that require our time, it is time with brothers and sisters in Christ that tend to resonate the most with my weary soul! Whether it is time with friends, worship, times like the hanging of the greens, or just sitting down over a meal with our elders and deacons, I can't help but look around and consider how deeply blessed I am.
You see the koinonia that the bible speaks of is that aspect of christian fellowship that cannot be paralleled by the Who's of Whoville (home of The Grinch), the crowd on Cheers where everyone knew their name, or even a day of shopping with your BFF. Having the common bond of Christ makes all of the difference in life and relationships as well. I look around at the relationships that God has blessed me with and I simply stand amazed. In less than a year we have bonded with young and old at Peace Haven to forge some amazing relationships that I never dreamed would ever be this sweet. As a dear friend would say, we are now "one of them." It's just good to be a part of such a great family of faith and see God moving in so many directions (many of which have NOTHING to do with the pastor or his family).