Only where hands are not too good for deeds of love and mercy in everyday helpfulness can the mouth joyfully and convincingly proclaim the message of God’s love and mercy. From Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
First Week of Lent
Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (from 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ron Klug—editor)
The measure with which God gives the gift of visible community is varied. Christians who live dispersed from one another are comforted by a brief visit of another Christian, a prayer together, and another Christian’s blessing. Indeed, they are strengthened by letters written by the hand of other Christians. Paul’s greetings in his letters written in his own hand were no doubt tokens of such community. Others are given the gift on Sundays of the community of the worship service. Still others have the privilege of living a Christian life in the community of their families.
Questions for Reflection and Journaling
Why is Christian community so important for the life of faith?
What are the things that strengthen community?
What kinds of communities are you a part of? What makes a Christian community different than a mostly secular focused community? How are they the same?
Gracious and loving God, we give thanks for all the communities and friends that are in our lives … (name them) … Enable all of us to be of strength to our communities. AMEN