I have been thinking about community, and was planning on blogging about it today. It's Sunday morning, and we've traded "church" long ago for something else. It may be breakfast with friends, lately it's been the dog park with some regulars. We grabbed a cuppa and took my brother to watch his dogniece play with her dogbuds. Brother is disabled with cerebellar atrophy and has ataxia problems. Dogs just migrate to him, and they are very gentle....even Gracie stays low so as not to knock him over. They just have a sense about him. Wouldn't that be nice if humans did? I think he enjoyed the morning. We did. We enjoy that group of dogs and their humans.
Redefining community.....I believe that this is what is happening with re-emerging Christians today. We're gathering in homes, online, by phone...whatever. In fact, I had left a comment on Judy's (BruceD's wonderful wife) blog. She had an entry there about a gathering. It sounded great. She responded to me with such a sweet email. I'd love to gather with that bunch! I love the bunches that I gather with, too. Such varied groups...some "typical" Christians, mostly "un-typical" Christians, praise God. Sometimes we sing, we eat, we pray, we minister. We laugh. A lot. We let the Spirit lead our discussions. Really good stuff happens. We don't just meet on Sunday, in fact, that's not the usual time we meet.
I think church is okay...it's working for a lot of people. It's just that when one day defines faith, then things go wonky. Faith needs to be played out everyday, with everyday dealings. My challenge to anyone reading this is, regardless of whether you go to church or not, to call, email, or meet with at least 2 different people a day and just ask them how they are. I know a lot of you already do this, but...
How's that problem they were dealing with? How are their kids doing? Grandkids? Parents?
Do this for a week with no other intent than to really check with them for THEIR sake, not yours. Call someone you haven't talked with for a long time. Or, even strike up a conversation with a complete stranger....bet they'll tell you something about themselves.
Then, at the end of the week, see the blessings unfold...for them and for you. Community will take on a whole new meaning. Church will become a fluid entity, flowing sweetly....moving among crowds like He did....with walls tumbling down.