I imagine the disciples; men and women, sitting around the desterkhan with their tea and dry bread, reminiscing about the man-God who changed their lives. As they shared their stories, they drew him closer to themselves and they drew closer to one another.
John, the one who leaned against Jesus chest, knew that by sharing, his joy and the joy of his companions would increase until it filled them all – until it filled us as well. He knew that our true fountains of joy are found only in God; thus, he began his own testimony.
He chose to talk about light. An odd place, perhaps, given that Jesus was born to a woman on a dark night in Bethlehem. Still, he chose light.
Where would you start the story?
And if you did, if you sat down with your Journal and gently shared the story with your own heart, would you also draw Jesus deeper into yourself? Would your joy increase?
Perhaps you have a small group of friends, of companions who have each also experienced Jesus in their lives. I invite you to have them over for dinner, and when the meal comes to an end, invite your friends to take a few moments to share something of the Jesus you’ve each experienced in your own life.
You might start with a simple prayer; “Lord Jesus, open our hearts to share, to declare what we have seen and experienced in you.”
Perhaps, you might set a loaf of bread and a cup of wine in the middle of the table and when each person has shared their story, you might invite them to tear off a piece of bread; the body of Christ broken for them.
Eat. Enjoy. He came from the realms of glory to give this to you.
And you might take the cup which is the blood of the new covenant, the agreement, the promise that he has made to us for all eternity. Drink it. Remember your own agreement in that covenant.
Perhaps, as you do, you might draw Christ deeper into yourselves and draw yourselves closer to one another. Perhaps, your joy, like our brother’s joy, might be full.
Have you decided who to invite?