“When one of us cries, we all cry, when one of us laughs, we all laugh,” said one of our core community members during his prayer on Sunday. He roughly quoted Romans 12:15 that reads, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” That prayer, and the prayers of others before and after him, reflected how much love we have for one another in the room. A newer friend who started coming to our Dale Sunday service at the beginning of 2022 (and rarely missed a Sunday since) shared with tears to the congregation how this year hasn’t started off well. After a moment of silence, people in the pews leaped into prayer without a moment to waste.
Every Sunday service The Dale does prayer in a communal mannor, with an open room for sharing requests and all are welcome to pray aloud. This is something I’ve always appreciated since coming to The Dale because church truly feels like a space to come with all you are carrying- a space to give it to the Lord. This time it felt extra special to hear our friend share so honestly and to see community take action so quickly. It felt almost sacred, with God’s hand at work.