I haven’t been to a family reunion in decades. I’m not sure what your family reunions are like, but our family’s reunions were very large. Now, we’d have smaller, regular family gatherings for holidays and other occasions with our extended family. But family reunions reunited generations of “our people” from far and wide.
What was interesting about these gatherings was how many people I DIDN’T know…and I was related to them! I’d meet second and third cousins for the first time, aunts and uncles whom I’d never seen before, and complete strangers who knew all about me because they grew up with my parents. It was disorienting and completely amazing. I just couldn’t get over the fact that I was related to so many people!
As we prepare to come back to 633 Kings Road on 31 May after more than 3 months of not meeting together, how beautiful is that we get to have our own family reunion?! We are so excited! And what perfect timing to be studying Nehemiah as a church and seeing how the exiled Israelites were all reunited after the completion of the wall.
For us, as believers, I’m reminded of this passage from Ephesians. The Apostle Paul writes:
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22).
Over the last 3 months, the church hasn’t “closed” or even stopped meeting. The Church has been “open” the whole time. We just haven’t been able to worship together in the same place for a while.
Christ has always been the cornerstone for our spiritual church “building.” And as the family of God in His household, we all stand on the foundation of the apostles and prophets to help build this holy temple together. We're all related! And currently, our “temple” is scattered all around Hong Kong and the world. And that’s OK. We’re still the Church and will continue to be the Church.
But this Sunday, we are going to have some fun when we finally get to have our family reunion in Quarry Bay!