The Life-Giving Force Called Community

Whether we like to admit it or not, our spirit’s require a connection to people.  Some of us are blessed to find sacred relationships in our families, while others seek friends to fill the void of the necessary bonds which hold us together.  Whichever way we satisfy our need for community, we invest our hearts and minds into each other, and in so doing, we are made whole.  Life has meaning as we testify on each other’s behalves that we matter.  We are essential to this planet.  Our purpose is made known, and we are better because our hearts are shared with others.

Jesus knew the importance of community.  He lived in a communal setting as his disciples followed on his journey.  They laughed with one another, loved one another, and learned from the very one they followed.  And at the center of many of the best discussions, there was a meal.  Sacred traditions were born out of these observances of holy food.  All the while, sharing the bread and wine with all who gather around the table.  At this feast of Christ, we come to realize that our most precious gifts are discovered in communion with both the divine and one another.

Today I give thanks for the people who walk with me on my journey.  I am reminded that I am not alone.  My path is easier to travel in the presence of those who care for me.  And as I continue down my road, I pray that I may be a light that illuminates the dark path on which someone else may walk.  Together may we all find hope in the darkest of circumstances.  May we know that the God who gives us strength also blesses us with people in our lives to remind us that life may get rough, but you always have a hand to hold.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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  1. So very glad we had our “community” Monday. Never enough time for the kind of lively conversations and catching up that we like to do.

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