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The Beauty of Christian Community

Posted by on January 11, 2017

Christian community is an incredible blessing.

Over the holiday break, my family and I made a trip to South Carolina to visit our Two Rivers family from our summer mission trip. It’s always so good to see that faith family that God has so graciously placed in our lives. It was well worth the three hour drive.

Besides the food and fellowship, I was privileged to hold a baby that was on the way last summer. She happened to be the same baby that I got a call about asking for prayer, because there were complications late in the pregnancy. I prayed without ceasing and when she smiled at me that day, I saw Jesus. I saw answered prayers. I saw God’s work firsthand, as I often do when I’m with these people.

That’s the beauty of Christian community.

I also saw my friend who had lost his grandson in November. I wanted to tell him that I was sorry for his loss, and that I had been praying for him, but I struggled to find the words. Would I upset him? Would my words make him think about it? I just didn’t know what to say and so I said nothing.

Have you ever been there?

Thankfully, someone else did say something and then I expressed my condolences. It turned out, he really wanted to talk about it. His grandson didn’t just die in a car accident. He died trying to clear a huge piece of debris from the roadway so no one else would get hurt. He was only 22.

He went on to share that his other grandfather had given him some life changing news. Not too long before the accident, he had committed his life to Christ. He and his girlfriend had been attending church. That information made all of the difference to a grieving grandfather who now knows that he will someday be reunited with his precious grandson.

When I told him I was still praying for him and his family, he shared that the prayers from Facebook had really kept him going.

It turns out that there really weren’t any wrong or right words; he just needed someone willing to enter into his grief with him.

That’s the beauty of Christian community.

When my daughter shared with another mentor there, her concerns about a friend who is making some bad decisions, he quietly listened to her and reminded her that all we can really do is plant seeds and maybe give a little water. The rest is not up to us. He encouraged her to be there for her friend, but to remember that she can’t fix it.

That’s the beauty of Christian community.

I had my own struggle when I arrived there. I had seriously been praying about whether or not I should keep blogging. I have so little quiet time these days. I had yet to receive any answers. When we went to visit one of our homeowners, we went back over to the cross we had placed in the yard, to take a picture. We didn’t get one last year after we cleaned up, because it was raining.

There, at the cross, two different people said to me how much they enjoyed reading my words and I had my answer. Why am I not surprised that I got it at the cross?

That’s the beauty of Christian community.

I sometimes forget how important and empowering Christian community can be and what an incredible gift it is. A trip to South Carolina reminded me.

Perhaps you needed reminding too.

Have an awesome day!

4 Responses to The Beauty of Christian Community

  1. Carol Williams

    Wendy, I got to know your mother on a recent trip to the Canadian Rockies. She told me about your blog. I missed reading it over the holidays and was so thankful when you started back on Monday. I can only imagine the time it takes to write, but it is a blessing to me each time I read one. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write your thoughtful Christian blogs.

    • Wendy

      Hi Carol. My mom had such a blast on that trip and the pictures are breathtaking! Thanks so much for the encouraging words and thanks for reading. Have a great day! 🙂

  2. Peggy Withrow

    I truly enjoy your blog & feel that you so often hit the nail in the head from where I am in my life.
    I have recently lost my 46 year old son & I don’t think I could survive this without the love & support of my church & Christian friends. Please don’t ever ” not say anything” because your love & Christian support means the world to those of us who are grieving. It’s a lifeline.

    Thank you Wendy! Your column means so much to me! I’m a Ga girl as well.

    • Wendy

      Peggy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I think that often other people’s grief makes us feel so worried about causing further pain, that we end up keeping our distance. We don’t have the right words, so we say nothing. You’re right. That’s usually the wrong choice. As Christians, we can and should be a lifeline to those who are grieving. That’s all part of our call to love one another. I’m so glad you have had good love and Christian support from your community and I’m thankful for your reminder to the rest of us who may be standing on the sidelines. Love is always active. Thanks for reading and thanks so much for the encouragement. I’m so glad that God uses my words to speak to you. Have a great day!

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