In community we are challenged. In community we are encouraged. In community we are served. In community we learn. In community we are corrected. In community we mature. In community we love. In community we are loved. In community we thrive.

There’s a story about a minister who went to see a church member who had missed a few weeks at church. After the customary greetings, the minister comes in and sits down by the fire. The two sit in silence for a few minutes watching the active fire when the minister goes over to the fireplace and, with the fireplace tongs, moves a burning coal away from the rest of the fire onto the hearth. The bright glowing ember soon fades and eventually loses it’s fire. The minister then takes the dead ember and places it back in the fire where it immediately begins to glow again from the heat of the rest of the fire.

In Christ, we find community. But only if we participate in the service of Christ, cooperate with the work of Christ, share in the suffering of Christ, dwell among the body of Christ.

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1   Christian P
April 28th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My apologies to my brothers for posting this now when so many posts have been made today. The site won’t let me alter the posting day/time.

2   Jerry
April 28th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

No apologies are necessary. As one who has been without a community for quite some time, I appreciate the thoughts.

(We have a community, but since we are not fully Anglican, it’s a bit tricky. But they love us anyhow and treat us as family.)

3   Neil    
April 28th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

But they love us anyhow and treat us as family.

which pretty much sums up the post, thanks jerry.