I'm a broken person. Full of 'warts'. All kinds of them. Don't want you to see them, don't want anyone else to know they are there. Don't want to acknowledge them myself, but, every now and then (ok, daily) some piece of my broken humanity will show up. And yet, stewardship/caring for that which is trusted to me to care for, means bring ALL THAT I AM to God? Really? How does that work!?
You have heard them too, haven't you? Preachers telling me my entire life that we are ALL broken people. Broken? As in legs? Arms? Eyeballs? Well, I've not had a bone mended, but certainly, I've got flaws. In the light of watching as we surround those who have physical ailments my 'brokenness' of human condition, I also see how the broken are made whole again. How one person can't necessarily take on the whole of bringing a broken companion into full living, but together, each giving a bit of time here, a meal or a ride there, we seem to have a whole and everyone is stronger because of it.
When we are thinking about our church, our body of Christ made up of other broken and flawed people, I for one am encouraged that we are stronger because of the flaws. Because we know that those flaws require someone else to stand beside us and walk with us -- all the while bringing their flaws, and someone else too.
Thanks be to God for giving us all we need. Thanks to each of you for bringing your gifts and your flaws to the body of Christ at Creator. With each of us contributing what we do best, we do some pretty cool stuff in our community. Giving in big or small ways, all are needed to make our congregation complete.
As we return to church this fall from summer when our lives are perhaps less structured, I hope to see you in the pew - filling in where I fall short, bringing all that you have been trusted to care for and thinking about how best to use your gifts to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in our world. What joy and hope! What inspiration! This year the stewardship team is working to remind ourselves, each other and you, come! You are all that is needed, warts and all! You + me + he + she... make up this church. We are all God needs to do the work He has in store for us.
I Corinthians 12: 14-26
14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 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.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
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