If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)
A seminary professor of another generation retired early because of his health and died at the age of 58. The last 10 years of his life were spent in and out of hospitals. After his death, his wife gathered together several of his articles to be published. In one chapter, this teacher traced the steps and stages of his ministry.
He said: “When I began, I thought of myself as standing upon the bank of the stream of life, shouting instructions to the swimmers who were down below. I was the expert. The second stage of my ministry, I thought of myself as the rescuer. If I saw someone going down for the third time, I would plunge into the water, rescue him, get him started in the right direction again, and then I would return to the bank. But the last 10 years of my life, I was in the water, and we were fellow strugglers with arms around each other, trying to help one another make it to the shore.” —Thanks to Wesley Taylor, Tualatin United Methodist Church, Tualatin, Oregon.
Friends: We are just fellow strugglers in this journey of faith, hope, life and love. When we put our arms around each other, the burden becomes lighter….because of Christ. We have to do all we can NOT to let anyone drown.
Pray for one another. Invite friends, relatives, acquaintances, or neighbors to church. Be part of a small group and study God’s Word. Hold each other accountable in the Spirit of Christ. And love one another as Christ has loved each of us.
This Sunday, Children’s Sabbath (10:30a); Tuesday (6p) Fish Fry & Gumbo, and all the Covered Dishes folks bring to Aldersgate. Weather prediction: pretty cool; Wednesday-Ashes, 6a-drive thru/12noon/7p.
I firmly believe that God calls us to serve joyfully. See you in church this Sunday.
Shalom + Paz + Peace