Long Distance Commitment!
By Tom Gryniewicz
As the first Thursday prayer meetings grew from
12 people in November of 1967 to hundreds over the following year [many
came from Michigan, Ohio, and even Canada!], we “regular” attendees who
lived in Ann Arbor felt the need to begin meeting on an additional day
of the week to have a chance to focus on our own spiritual growth and worship
of the Lord. A few of us also met together outside of these prayer
meetings to seek the Lord for what he wanted to do with us all.
I went into the Navy as my friends continued these
gatherings. One day on my ship, the Captain sent word that I had
a “ship-to-shore” phone call. It’s the only time I saw anyone receive
such a call, and I thought as I went to answer it, “This must be something
big”. It was – people from the Ann Arbor prayer group were calling
to let me know that God was calling them to bind themselves together to
him in something called a “covenant” and could I pray that we would understand
what it all means and respond to it.
My long distance call led to a long distance prayer,
and the prayer group was able to accept God’s invitation 30 years ago and
make that first Public Commitment to become a community. After a
few years, I completed my time in the Navy, returned to Ann Arbor and was
able to publicly affirm my own commitment to that same way of life.
God deals with us, no matter where we are, as long as we love him and want
to please him – and he is never a ‘long distance’ from us.