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11 Nov – Campfires

Today I’m selling our firepit as we are preparing to move and as a result I’ve been remembering all the great moments we’ve had around our fire with our kids, family, friends.

Campfires and fire pits for us are when we press pause in our schedules, grab a bag of marshmallows, chocolate and crackers and all sit around the fire toasting and eating marshmallows and making smores as we catch up and reconnect with one another.

I love these moments because it’s when we purposefully make the time to stop and talk, laugh, eat and share stories while the flames of the fire warms our faces.

I think God loves these fireside moments too where we rest back and just enjoy being alive. There is unity and refreshing in that space and God is not only present with us, but says that He also commands His blessing when we unite together like that.

The bible says, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20)

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord commanded the blessing – life forever more. (Psalm 133

God loves to see us happy, rested and enjoying the life He has blessed us with. Perhaps He wonders why we don’t live this way all the time. Why we don’t gather  more often with no agenda but just to stop, chill out and to enjoy Him and one another’s company.

Every culture has it’s campfires; for some it is a literal campfire, bonfire, a hangi, umu, or around the backyard bbq. For others it’s candles, fairy lights, and a dinner table or lounge room.

Today whatever your “campfire” preference I encourage you to take the time to get together where and when you can. If you are unable to gather right now try being creative and perhaps connect around a “virtual campfire” such as how our 6 kids who are scattered throughout Australia and separated by closed borders, all connect up with us on video call looking much like the Brady Bunch on the screen. The point about campfires is to take the time to appreciate and remember what and who is important and to enjoy the life you have been given together.

Prayer: Lord thank you for the simple pleasures of coming together with you and others. Help me to lay aside the cares of my day and week and to learn to appreciate the importance of creating “campfire” moments regularly in my life. Would you also point out those around me who feel alone and need to be invited to come around the “campfire” too. In Jesus name Amen.

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