Life is busy and though many peoples lives were brought to a grinding halt this year, there are plenty of people that have found the time more exhausting then before. And communing takes time we don’t have, right?
My favourite definition for the word commune is, “to converse or talk together, usually with profound intensity, intimacy, etc.; interchange thoughts or feelings”. It turns out I’m not the best at communing. I can’t sit still for very long and the idea of sitting in silence is painful. But thinking about communing as a dialogue, as the Lord hearing and responding, brings new life to the concept. Think about how much better you feel when you’ve been able to talk out your feelings with someone who really hears you and can reflect back not only that they understand, but also with wise council. This is what we have 100 fold in the Lord. Only HE can shoulder the burden and give us that feeling of lightness that we need to carry on. Without communing, we are less able, maybe even less willing to enter into community. We aren’t storing up the treasures the Lord bestows but fretting over worldly things. We can’t be filled unless we are intentional and allow ourselves to be. Luke 21:33 says, ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.” There is a fullness in investing in what won’t perish.
While we prepare to celebrate in whatever way we are able, it may help to focus on what we can control; the preparing of our hearts for any storm.