This morning, I’m getting ready to go to Church on the Hill, a large community of faith with smaller communities of faith within it. There are many who think of church as an entity to be reckoned with, especially a large one like ours.
For me, the simplicity and beauty of church is defined as a community of people who are both seeking and believing in the message of Hope and Healing.
And, yes, all the stuff that goes on within the walls of churches must be evaluated and discussed. The stories of hurt are often the first ones I hear about when someone comes to my office to discuss their journey of life. Usually there’s usually a tagline in the story, “Church is the last place hurt should happen.” I agree; however, church is formed by broken people who reach out to broken people.
Hurt will happen. BUT. And, it’s a big BUT. The key for the church, you and I, is to learn how to manage the hurt differently, offering healing as the outcome. There are too many people who have walked away from the church because of hurt. Subsequently, they miss the blessing of being part of a community of faith who believe Hope and Healing are the backbone of their experience.
It’s a question we all need to ask ourselves and others–the one Jesus said to the paralytic man: “Would you like to get well?” (John 5:6, NLT). There’s nothing more powerful than someone moving forward after being paralyzed by hurt.
I pray the Church, you and I, are mindful of the opportunity to be a community of faith, reaching out to the broken and oppressed world with the message of Hope and Healing.
Today, I’m grateful for communities of faith–the Church–of the past, present, and in the future, reaching out with the message of Hope and Healing.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)