Wednesday, December 15, 2021
“Sitting on the Porch”
Porches have been called several names, including lanai, patio, portico, stoop, balcony. Our back porch has been an important part of our lives, providing us with various opportunities from individual time to group gatherings. The idea of porches as a gathering place is not a new concept. Porches are mentioned many times in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Solomon’s Colonnade, also known as Solomon’s Porch or Portico, was located on the eastern side of the Temple’s Outer Court also known as the Women’s Court in Jerusalem. This place where Jesus taught, healings, preaching, and religious discussions took place was very significant in the early beginnings of the church. Solomon’s Porch provided the perfect location for the apostles to gather with people of all walks of life, including women, to teach and preach. Many became believers on this porch.
How does this scripture relate to Advent, a time we traditionally focus on preparing our hearts for the birth of our Savior? Consider this thought. During the past 18 plus months, our lives have been altered, including the life of our church. Advent can be a time to help us refocus our energy and actions to move the church forward in a post-COVID pandemic era. What can we do that will help spread the good news of the gospel to bring hope, joy, and peace to those in our community and beyond? How can we use the Beymer “porch” as the gathering place to make disciples for Jesus Christ?
Prayer: Dear God for all times, thank you for opportunities to serve others and make our “porch” inviting for individuals and families to find solace and meaning through the love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.