More on Community

I just started reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer which is a discussion on Christian Fellowship.

I don’t have a lot to say on the book yet but something did stand out to me when reading that was such a great reminder of what we have by living where we do.

Bonhoeffer says this in speaking about christian community,

It is true, of course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift every day.  It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed.  Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart.  Let him thank God on his knees and declare:  It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.

I’ve got to be honest – more often than not I grumble about living in the bible belt.  It seems that people here are either christians or overchurched, meaning they’ve heard it and had enough of it!  It seems so much cooler to me to think about missionaries forging their way amongst various tribes in which noone knows about Christ, or being in a place that may actually be dangerous to even speak of God.  Meanwhile, those Christians are probably praying for someone….anyone with whom they can fellowship instead of walking alone.

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I can say for sure that I’ve never been on my knees praising God that so much of Abbotsford is christian and that I have the privilege of living amongst so many people with whom I can have fellowship.

Nope.  I definitely take it for granted that I can go up to any of a dozen moms at the boys school and ask them to pray for me about something on any given morning.  And that doesn’t include anyone from my church.  Or my family.  Or the many other people we know in this town who love us and care for us.

It’s official.  I am not a thankful person!

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5 thoughts on “More on Community

  1. I have thought of this a lot. How often do I take true biblical community for granted? It is by grace and a gift from God. I think it’s sometimes a pride issue for me- drifting back into isolation which is NOT where God wants me.

    I’d like to dig into that book sometime.

    Thank you for sharing such insightful truths 🙂

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  2. It’s so easy for us to isolate ourselves. I even think we can trick ourselves into thinking we’re being very authentic and really allowing people into our lives but the bottom line is we can still generally choose what we share with others and what we don’t.

    I know for me without my “monday morning crew” which is 2 other girls that I meet with each monday morning for the sole purpose of accountability and community, I would easily float through life without addressing my heart. But thankfully (and sometimes the thankfulness doesn’t come until much later!!) they are willing to ask the hard questions as well as challenge my thoughts and my heart. I also know that I can say pretty much anything to them and they will neither be shocked nor love me any less.

    I know I am blessed to have this and wish it for everyone! Its been an amazing thing in my life.

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