The old camp consecration service object lesson teaches us that when firewood is in direct contact with other firewood the fire blazes and light, warmth and energy are produced. But when they are separated, the fire quickly goes out and the light, warmth and energy fade and die. This simple object lesson speaks profoundly to our life together within our individual churches and within our historic fellowship of churches. The small sticks and the big logs need each other to sustain power. We need to be together physically in order to grow together spiritually. We have strong empirical evidence of what happens when laypeople, pastors and churches elect to go it alone. The “Lone Ranger” may be a great western movie but it is a fatal story when applied to our life together as Christians long-term. We must affirm our responsibility as family. The more we get together the happier and more effective we will be.
We need to prioritize our face-to-face contact in order to keep the fire burning. So take advantage of association gatherings, Christian camp and conference events, and interchurch hymn sings; visit other church suppers and yes, attend the ABC/VNH Annual Gathering. Every time there is an opportunity to be in touch with other Christians make it your top priority. Then you will find the secret to a good, pleasant and powerful Christian journey. Hiking together makes the climb less arduous and more enjoyable. No one can summit Mt. Everest by themselves.
May the Lord bless our commitment to unity and give us love for each other so that God’s Message may influence the world He has given to us.
- Peter Bolster
First Baptist Church, Lyme and their interim pastor Lloyd Wiley
United Church of Lyndeborough and their pastor Paul Lemire
ABC/VNH Board of Trustees