“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” – Heb 10:25 (NIV)
I once came across a story of a brother who lived through the dying days of Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda when the Christian evangelical church was banned. In one case Christians who were found praying were picked up and thrown in jail. Yet in in spite of the harsh lockdown measures imposed by the government the brethren devised ways and continued to meet to fellowship.
One of those ways involved meeting in a house with all curtains drawn. There was never any loud singing or praising of God allowed. After the meeting each person had to leave alone, as not to attract attention from the authorities.
The corona virus lockdown as one measure to ensure public health forbids churches here in Uganda meeting. Some believers aware of the need to meet and fellowship have quickly adjusted to using meeting tools available on the internet, such as Zoom and Go meeting.
Some may wonder why the fuss. Well, we meet not because it is an old good Christian habit, but because it gives us opportunity to share testimonies to lift up one another and also pray for each other. We meet because the Holy spirit in us gently craves that we do.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, never to forsake meeting as brethren whatever the circumstances.