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Serene scenes important, but so is congregation

I’ve had a bug now for about the past five years.

I’ve learned to live with it, even embrace it and most times, I’m even glad to have it. This bug is, well, it’s a newfound interest in kayaking.

I love to kayak now. I like it because I can carry the kayak by myself, and I don’t have to have a special trailer or another person to help move it from the car to the water. I have two, so I can take a friend.

Plus, I’ve infected a few people around here with the bug too. They have bought kayaks, so now even more of us can go.

I’m not so happy to have this bug when the weather is bad and I can’t get out. Or, as was the case in recent weeks, it has been great weather and I’ve been sick and can’t go out.

What do I like so much about kayaking?

Well, aside from what I noted before, I like it because it is such a great way to be on the water. It is so quiet when you are out there in a kayak.

It really is a time when I can just be thankful for all of God’s creating handiwork in nature.

Bird calls, water creatures – even the snakes, a breeze blowing, the artwork of clouds or the setting sun across the sky. Oh, it is just so easy to be with God while I’m out there!

Of course, those days when I am fishing from my kayak are pretty great too. That just adds another element of enjoyment to the mix.

We may find it easy to connect with God while we are in nature, whether it is on a lake or stream, hiking along a trail or just sitting in a porch swing. It is a good thing to do.

Some people say, “This is my church.” But getting together with other believers, connecting with God through corporate worship, is just as important.

It may be even more important. Both are essential for maintaining a healthy faith. Personal time of reflection and meditation on the Lord is one side of the formula.

Worshiping with the body of believers, supporting and encouraging one another, working together in serving and growing is another side of the formula. You’ve heard that we all have different gifts, different strengths and that each gift is important for the health of the greater body.

The greater body also is important to the health and strength of the individual, you.

It is a very symbiotic relationship. Connection to a body of believers is important to the individual’s faith because it brings accountability, something that you cannot give yourself.

It is important to the individual’s faith to receive balance and guidance in reading and understanding the Word of God.

I want to encourage you to continue to enjoy your private time with the Lord, but to include specific time with other believers, coming together to worship and praise our awesome Creator God.

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