We Did it Together!

We Did it Together!

In his book, In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen describes becoming keenly aware of the fact that Jesus did not send his disciples out alone to preach the Word, but instead sent them two by two.

“Realizing that, Henri decided to take Bill, one of the residents in the center for the mentally handicapped where Henri then served, with him on his next speaking engagement.

In the days leading up to their departure Bill would regularly ask, “We are doing this together, right, Henri?”

“Yes, we are doing this together,” Henri would reply. “You and I are going to Washington to proclaim the gospel.” While Henri’s primary thought was that the trip would be a nice experience for Bill, Bill was convinced that he truly was going to help Henri share the gospel.

The day came for Henri’s engagement in Washington. As Henri began speaking, he noticed that Bill had left his chair. Moments later, Henri became aware of Bill’s presence behind him.

As Henri finished each handwritten page of notes, Bill took the page and turned it upside down on a nearby table, from time to time interjecting a few words of commentary on Henri’s message.

At first, Bill’s actions made Henri anxious. Soon, however, he realized the normality it was bringing to the room. When Henri finished, the crowd applauded. Bill wasn’t finished helping, however; he told Henri he had something to say. Though Henri was a bit uncertain, he allowed Bill to speak.

Taking the microphone, Bill said, “Last time, when Henri went to Boston, he took John Smeltzer with him. This time he wanted me to come to Washington, and I am very glad to be here with you. Thank you very much.” The crowd applauded. As the two men walked away, Bill asked Henri, “How did you like my speech?” Henri affirmed Bill, and they left for the airport.

When they arrived home, Bill asked Henri, “Did you like the trip?”

Henri responded, “Oh yes! I am so glad you came with me.”

Looking at him intently, Bill said, “And we did it together, didn’t we?“”

A Mosaic Covenant Relationship is similar, connecting with a family that is seeking to share Christ with the world and with each other. The Mosaic Nashville Covenant is a stated commitment that we are living in community together and seeking to embody the values of Christ in active expressions of love and service.

For more information about the Covenant Relationship and connecting with a family that is seeking to share Christ with the world mosaicnashville.us/covenantrelationship

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