Permit me to end this week on the study of fellowship on a personal note. My mother was one who loved fellowshipping. I don’t remember much about this side of her before she retired but after she did she seemed to thrive. She helped start a group for retired nurses like herself who cared for one another, met monthly and helped in the community wherever they could. The group is still in existence, over thirty years later. She was always seeking the interest of others, so much so that we would often marvel at how much time Mom spent on the phone (and the subsequent phone bill!). We joked at how many funerals she attended. She was instrumental in the setting up of an elderly home attached to her church and often visited there. She was always kind to family and friends.
The thing with fellowship is that if you do it well, it returns to you in kind. As my mom aged, so many persons responded to her to ensure everything with her was fine. They cared deeply for her as she did for them and others earlier in her life. Last Tuesday my mom passed away. Close friends and family readily reached out to be there for her and for us.
One last thought about fellowship. We enjoy the horizontal but never forget the vertical. My mom never did and frequently thanked God for all that He gave her and did for her. She loved Him a lot. Fellowship is the most meaningful when the vertical drives the horizontal as we can be sure to never get it wrong. Be sure to be part of the Fellowship of the Trinity. Your life will be so much richer for it.