Yesterday we enjoyed a visit to Virginia Beach to connect with friends. During the trip we saw a few groups of motorcyclists buzzing by. One pair of cyclists especially caught my eye. They wore sleeveless leather vests (with "Maryland Mongols" in script on the back) to display their large biceps covered in tattoos. They each were built like middle-aged wrestlers and they roared past on their Harleys. We also saw some larger groups, including one with reflective tape on their backs in the form of a cross! I thought about cycling and how it epitomizes a feeling of freedom on the road....nothing but the roar of the engine, the wind blowing by and two wheels to carry the rider on his personal chariot. But there is something about the experience that causes these fiercely free folks to band together and cycle in clusters. They like being independent and they like being independent with others who are independent. I think fellowship is something like that as believers in Christ. We like the freedom that comes with having Christ in our lives and we like being around others who also share that freedom. In fact, a lot of the joy of the Christian life is the "being together" part. Truly we have been set free to share that freedom with others!
1 John1:2-4 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
blessings (see you on the road!)