We are not alone. We are bound together through the Water and Word, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The desire of each of us to be truly known to someone is not something I would previously have included on a list of basic human needs. But, getting to know individuals who are experiencing homelessness has seriously impacted my perspective.
I don’t find the connection between suffering and blessing that Jesus makes in the Beatitudes very comforting. However, he seems to be getting at something deeper that the beatitudes regularly posted to social media are missing.
a loving community in which we can be ourselves fully helps us to live into wholeness and freedom, into who we most deeply are.
God’s love for us is not tied to fees or dues or down payments, or installment payments, nor does it come with threat of abandonment or repossession. But here’s the twist–it’s not even as much as our individual selves, as it is ourselves in community. We are alive in Christ together, which means we need each other.