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Weekly Devotional

Our Lives Together

Reflection by Chris Braudaway-Bauman

Let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.

 

Every day, but especially on warm weekends, dozens of walkers and bikers pass in front of our home on their way to the entrance of the Minuteman bike trail at the end of our street. This spring, I’ve found myself setting up camp in my front yard, on the porch and in the flower garden, because after such a long snowy winter, I feel particularly cheered to see and visit with my neighbors again. I am reminded how much I appreciate living in community, not just in my home town, but even more, in the life we share together in the church.

Two years ago, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing that more and more people are living alone - 32 million Americans, some of them older adults who live lives of silent loneliness and dangerous isolation. In the midst of all this, the church stands as a model of another way. As the Bible reminds us constantly – from the stories of Israel to the book of Acts and all of Paul’s letters, the life of faith is less about our own individual journeys, and much more about being engaged intentionally in a community, that through trial and error, joys and sorrows, with God’s help and the Spirit’s leading, works out the kind of life we believe God desires, not just for us, but for all. Indeed, in church, our charge is to practice with one another the kind of life we hope for the world. Blessed, nurtured, and strengthened as we are again and again by our life together, we are then sent to be a blessing to others, to build and extend the beloved community we have experienced.

Prayer: Holy One, thank you this day and every day for love enlivening us, faith centering us, friends and neighbors sustaining us, and a church calling us to build your beloved community, through Christ we pray, Amen.

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