I remember as a kid being in church and feeling God's presence so profoundly that the air felt 'thick'. It's been a long time since I've experienced that - until about two weeks ago. We gathered after worship to listen to Bill, my coach, advise us on moving forward as a church. As we listened, talked, and debated, the presence of God seemed to fill the room.
"I now KNOW God exists, because I experienced his movement first-hand." was said by more than one person that day.
That is the power of unity. When a group of people come together for a common purpose, God's Spirit is attracted to and more easily displayed in the midst of that unity. That doesn't mean everyone sees everything the same, nor does it mean that every problem was solved. But a unity of our spirits invites the Holy Spirit to move in unexpected ways.
When there is unity...
1. there is a common purpose. People put aside their own agendas for the greater good of the church.
2. there is a commitment to stay in relationship, even if we disagree or don't understand. No one stomps from the room because they didn't get their way or because of some minor procedure that wasn't followed.
3. it is a magnet for the Holy Spirit. God rarely if ever works outside of human agency. When we are unified around God's will, the Holy Spirit is freer to move, work, and change lives. Because of our openness, God is more open with us.
And it is a wonderful thing to experience. May we see many more days of God's Movement.