Dear Antioch Family,

Don’t miss it!

Miss what? The opportunity to really connect with each other this Thanksgiving. There will be lots of togetherness this week, and it usually centers around food, family, football, fun and even shopping. With all that togetherness, how could we not connect?

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, BEING TOGETHER IS NOT THE SAME AS CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER.

We’ve all done it. During the holidays we’ve spent time with those whom we love, and yet, something kept us from really connecting. We had fun, we laughed and we were in the same space, but we didn’t really connect. Why?

Here’s a working definition of connect, “bring together or into contact so a real link is established.” The key word here is, real. Being together does not create a real link or connection. What does is getting below the surface of our lives, and getting to the heart.

AND JUST HOW DO I DO THAT, YOU MIGHT ASK?

We make space to ask each other real questions and take the time to listen to each other respond.

Questions like:

  • What’s been the best thing in your life this fall?
  • What’s been the hardest thing about this year?
  • What are you most thankful to God for right now?
  • What are you asking God to do in your life or family in this season?
  • How can we pray for you?

In John 13:34, Jesus gives His disciples a, “new command; love one another.” He says that is how others will know we are His disciples, “if we love one another.” There are few ways we show our love for each other more practically than to invest ourselves and our energy into knowing one another. And we actually know each other when we connect at the heart level.

Let’s not let the Thanksgiving holiday end without connecting with those around us. Be intentional, be courageous and go deeper with each other. Make the time, even if it’s awkward, you won’t regret it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pat Murphy – Elder and Director of Development