Tonight I went to church to say goodbye to our church family. As I sat in worship I was completely overwhelmed by memories of how completely we had been cared for and loved by this community. I sat in the back and prayed over many heads who I know had prayed for us, brought us meals, visited us in the hospital, loved our children and loved me inspite of my brokenness. I am completely overwhelmed by the thought of leaving this amazing community behind and starting again in a new place and making new friends.
As I sobbed in my seat during the music in anticipation of being prayed over by this community our worship leader said, “Whatever you have going on, God’s going to take care of you.” Here is the beautiful thing about being a part of the body of Christ. The sweet woman who visits each of our children each Sunday and kisses their forehead, that was Jesus. Those people who made us meals when my husband was hospitalized, that was Jesus. Those friends who listened to me vent my negativity until I could get through it, that was Jesus. The beautiful people who sit with us each week for dinner and help us with our children with no judgement of their behavior, that was Jesus. My coworkers who encourage my crazy ideas and put up with my “force of nature” personality, that was Jesus.
So as I mourn the loss of these vessels as we prepare to move this week I am also overwhelmed by the Jesus that awaits us in our new home and I look forward to being a vessel for a new friend. Be kind to one another. Be a vessel. Be a community builder. Be Jesus in your community.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.