They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. -Acts 2:42
Perhaps you remember playing “Red Rover” as a child, where we stood hand-in-hand in two parallel lines singing for someone from the other team to be sent “right over.” The called would come running at the line, trying to break through a pair of tightly held hands. When successful, the runner breaking through, someone from your team would be lost, taken away to the other side. But if our grip held, standing strong together, the runner would become part of our team, our numbers and strength growing with every addition.
The Apostles knew they would need to stand strong, side by side, in order to withstand all those who would run to destroy their grip and diminish the Church. Today, we must continue to stand strong together, bound and strengthened by the power of our prayers. With these bonds unbroken, we can continue to invite others to come right over and be a part of God’s team and a fellowship of love.