It’s Five Minute Friday time, when I gather with other writers from all corners of the globe as we write together, for just five minutes, on a common prompt. When we put away the inner editor and just let the words flow. Our gracious hostess, Kate, has all the details on her blog, as well as the link up so YOU can join in!
Today’s prompt is: Whole.
I didn’t realize what I had left behind. What was missing. Nor what stood to be gained.
When I left the church of my youth, I believed I could live a faith-filled life without community. You know, keep reading the Bible, praying, etc. And for too long, this was the reality of my spiritual life. An ember burning, but not shining forth. I didn’t see how community fit into the whole picture.
And then I came back to community, slowly. Timid and wounded, I tiptoed into the church and fell head-first into community. To a whole, Christ-loving, vibrate community. And the wounded places found healing.
And I found a whole new aspect to my faith: what it means to have community amplify your faith.
When your whole world turns to turmoil, what it means to have friends that will show up, no matter what.
Ones who will talk down the dusty roads of a foreign country, willing to have their whole worldview shattered to see as Jesus saw.
Friends who reach out every day, just to see if life’s going well. And when it’s not, they show up.
I discovered a whole new world, a Jesus-loving community ready to walk with me through life. And this has challenged and grown my faith in unexpected ways. Now I can’t imagine life without the wholeness of community. Because you simply don’t understand how vital it is until you experience it.
And then your whole world changes.
Full disclosure, this probably took more than five minutes to write because I had a hyperactive terrier jumping on me, my couch, and my computer the whole time.