The truth is I don’t know much about Christian community—what makes one tick, how to break into one, how to commit to one, or why Christ considered belonging to one so essential. And I can’t figure out whom to blame: the churches I’ve walked in and out of for the past decade or me, myself, and I? Methinks it’s a complex question I have raised, but I am willing to point all fingers at all the various churches whose doors I’ve graced in the past five to ten years. But that wouldn’t be completely fair—mostly true but not 100-percent fair. So let me confess a few things about myself. I have always been somewhat of a solitary figure, a moody person who gets nervous when I start to feel my personal space threatened by too many people or activities or hard-and-fast requirements like job responsibilities, paying my taxes on time, and sending Christmas cards.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
—1 Corinthians 12:26-27 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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