I found this picture on a friend’s social media page and with her permission I am using it to illustrate my thoughts.
Hopefully by now you have recovered from the poses and absence of certain body parts.
Since pictures speak a thousand words, this blog is going to be shorter than most.
At first when I saw the picture, I had a flood of emotions and then several writer’s thoughts too – not all good but I knew right away I needed to take a deep dive!!
Missing or broken limbs, missing bodies, so much detachment. Dear friends, based on many conversations I have been having as of late, this is how our churches are beginning to look.
People are missing, some have detached themselves or parts of themselves because they don’t feel like they fit or belong, some have simply moved on to other churches, or simply drifted away all together.
Is that you?
Do you know someone?
Well then, what are you doing about it?
Aren’t we, as believers, called to “keep the body together”?
What will it take?
For those dolls some good tape, glue or some other strong adhesive will be required.
Within the “Body”, we have forgiveness, reconciliation, acceptance, patience, and the love of Christ as adhesive for fellow believers…in Jesus’ Name!!!
A few suggestions to help you on your journey: (assuming you have some proximal relationship with the person).
DON’T SAY: “you look good, must be everything is going well!”
INSTEAD SAY: “I’ve missed seeing you, how have you been?”
DON’T SAY: (when you do see them in church) “I see you haven’t been in church for some time.”
SAY: (via text, call, email, social media…) “I haven’t seen you at church in a while, would you like to talk?”
DON’T SAY: “I was giving you your space.”
SAY: “I would like to come over and sit with you as you work through your situation.” (or something that sounds like you are stepping into their mess with them).
Let’s do our part to fix The Body. Who’s ready to do their part?!?!
Thank you for joining me on my journey.