This from Frederick Buechner,
Gildas stands on just one leg; the other is gone from the knee down: “Gildas begins hopping sideways to reach for his stick in the corner and loses his balance. He almost falls in a heap when Brendan leaps forward to catch him. ‘I’m as crippled as the dark world,’ Gildas says. ‘If it comes to that, which one of us isn’t, my dear,’ Brendan replies. For a moment or two, Brendan pauses in thought, and then he says, ‘To lend each other a hand when we’re falling — perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.‘”
It was Oscar Wilde who said.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
I think a lot of Christians live in fictionland. The reason why we are trying to be good is to have a happy ending…or perhaps I should say, a happy ending, NOW. A lot of us think by being in the church, we will escape the pain of everyday life. We live in this man-made word where everybody is smiling or pretends to be smiling. That’s when we begin to give fiction answers to real life pain. And saddest of all…because we live in fictionland, we miss God in the real one.
Apparently I don’t blog anymore 🙂 …nearly, but I am still around. I turned 40 in August. Ha!! I think we tend to think a lot more around this age for some unknown reason 🙂
I have a friend, Jackie, who was diognosed with cancer. If you have the time, please pray for her. We’ve been friends for 21 years. I introduced her to her husband which was my roommate at university. thanks…
Ok, on to my question and it has to do with these verses.
1Co 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
1Co 12:22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
1Co 12:23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
1Co 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
1Co 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
1Co 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Have you EVER been in a congregation where verse 22 was visibly seen in action? In other words, have anyone of you reading this, EVER been in a congregation where the weakest was indispensable?
I have never been in such a congregation or seen one. Have you?