“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they may ask,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Gathering Across the Miles
My church encourages members to join small groups, believing that life is better and faith is stronger when we live in community with others. But it also values the growth and fellowship that can develop in a one-on-one (or one-on-one-on-one) friendship. We call these accountability groups “two-three groups,” for no reason other than they are made of two or three people.
Last year I was part of a two-three group with two women from my small group. As we met every week, discussing a chapter from the book we were reading together and watching our children play together, our friendships grew deeper and we felt comfortable sharing our most intimate stories and our most difficult challenges. The time we spent together, talking and praying and laughing and crying, was a gift.
Though I knew one of my friends was struggling with a situation in her life, I was surprised when she suddenly left town. Life had become even more painful than she’d shared and, needing a safe place to process and heal, she visited her family for a few weeks. Our two-three group was down to two, and at first we weren’t sure what to do.
Thank God for technology, though!
After a few days had passed and our regularly scheduled day to meet came around, we decided we wouldn’t let a few hundred miles keep us apart. Two of us sat at the kitchen table, staring intently into an iPad as if that screen could tell us if our friend was okay, truly okay, and we talked. We talked and we cried and then, when we were — at least for then — out of words and tears, we prayed.
Distance couldn’t stop us — or God. Holding onto the tablet when we couldn’t hold onto one another that day, we gathered in Jesus’ name. United in spirit even as we sat in separate kitchens, we agreed and we asked and we went to God together.
We are separated by miles in this (in)courage community, but we are united by love for God and for each other. And nothing will stand between our prayers for each other and God’s ears. We consider praying together one of our greatest privileges, and we would be honored to pray for you today. Please leave your prayer request in the comments and then pray for the person who commented before you. Let us gather together, in His name, with confidence that He is among us.
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