There are many today trying to define and paint a picture of what the church should be. I too have my thoughts and opinions. And last night my definition and opinions were solidified for me as “the church” uncovered that definition with this picture.They gathered the last few years of our journey together in pictures and had them made into this picture of Christ. It is as the church lives life together as family in their communities and neighborhoods that Christ is revealed for the world to see. The pictures tell the story of family dinners, ball games, time in the park, study of the word, sleeping on the “family” couch, refrigerator rights, loving our community, donating time and resources, crying together, serving our world, adding neighbors to the family through baptism, and simply being brothers and sisters on a journey with Christ. These pictures reveal “The Living Church”. These pictures reveal Christ in us in our community.
Thank you to the greatest example of “The Church” I have ever been a part of. You have shown me what it means to love and be loved. You have shown mean what it looks like to Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. You have shown me what it looks like to Love your neighbor as yourself. You have shown me what it looks like to GO and make disciples. You have shown me what it looks like to live as “The Church” the body of Christ. You have shown me what Christ looks like.
This Picture will hang in a prominent place in our new home where we will continue to be reminded of what it means to be the church.
Thank you. You all are DEEPLY loved!