30.3.06

Fire in our hearts - Jesus Army Life, Day 247

So, she finally made covenant. Those who know who I'm talking about will rejoice with me, those who don't will hopefully enjoy this piece none the less.

It's never easy laying down your life to build with others, but it's important. It's crucial if you want to see Jesus made beautiful among His people. And covenant is beautiful. The experience of people committed together, wanting to be open, dedicated to relationships of love, sharing an adventure in God. There's nothing quite like it. There is beauty in its power, God finds a committed people attractive: "where two or three of you gather together in my name;" the Holy Spirit longs to dwell in a Body consecrated to Him, people walk in through the door and are aware of the presence of something good and wonderful. Jesus. His love. His life-changing power. His people bonded as one.

Well done to the sister who joined the ranks of the committed. May you discover many treasures along the way. You're an inspiration, believe it. Others are considering covenant too. It's something you do because it is the desire of your heart, you want to join with others you love in the same vision and purpose.

Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried."
Ruth 1

Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt... So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD call David's enemies to account." And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.
1 Samuel 18; 20


I went out to the woods with a couple of brothers last night (neither in covenant). We lit a bonfire. It was so relaxing. I think a hearth-fire should be integral to every home. You can understand why people in ages past didn't need a television when they could just sit round a fire talking, laughing, singing. These are the relationships that matter. May there be many more, and may they last.