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Sharing our Stories

Today I caught a glimpse, tasted the sweetness and felt my deepest yearning fulfilled in a small but meaningful way. Today, a young sister shared a story about identity in the midst of a major changes in her life, an older brother shared about being drawn closer to God through a small and intimate group of Alpha participants. And a dear sister (whose been absent for over a year) shared a powerful message from the depths of suffering she’s walked through.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14,15; CSB)

Finally, a young man shared a simple but effective and encouraging message from John 10:14,15. He closed his talk with a great quote from Tim Keller:

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.”

I wish we had time to unpack and discuss this some more because I feel that as a church, I don’t really feel I know what it is “to be fully known and truly loved” by my fellow brothers and sisters. I suspect I’m far from being the only one. We need to share more stories with each other and connect them to The Story. Hopefully they did just that during the BBQ afterwards.

“The believers came together around Christ and his story. They also came with their own. They came to (re)connect their own stories to his, and to each others’. That was the gathering. They taught, prophesied, shared, ate, sang, and prayed their stories – their lives – together around Christ.”

― Mark Strom, Reframing Paul: Conversations in Grace & Community; pp. 18                                                     

 

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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude”

Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. (Rom. 12:15; HSCB)

Feeling disconnected these days. Feeling out of place, feeling I don’t belong.

Isolated. Insignificant. Invisible.

I feel AWEful: Angst, Weltschmerz, Ennui

Discouraged that in such a small church of which I’m a member of, I still hardly know anyone. No connections, no community, no closeness.

I admit I’m not your typical Christian. I think my “weirdness” scares people off. Better put my mask back on.

 

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