Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 31, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 31, 2010
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Be in spiritual community
"If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any
consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit,
any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete:
be of the same mind, having the same love, being
in full accord and of one mind."
Sometimes we need friends. We need spiritual
community in order to thrive and to get through
life when the unexpected happens. Even the strong
and independent among us need loving support,
encouragement, consolation, compassion, and
sympathy when our dreams burst and loved ones die.
I recently was invited to preach at a local church.
During the sermon, I invited people to be in
spiritual community. I shared an example of a
young missionary family in Peru. The Peruvian
government mistakenly identified their small
plane as a drug trafficking aircraft and shot
them down. The young mother and her infant
child died in the resulting crash. The local
church lovingly embraced and cared for the grief
stricken husband. Many family members and friends
from their church denomination assisted in the
funeral and continued to love and comfort the
young widower. I shared during the sermon that
this bereaved man was being uplifted and supported
by his spiritual community.
We need the encouragement of community. We need
people. We need to gather together for moments of
fellowship, community, and worship. When we feel
numbed by grief, discouraged, and disappointed in
our lives caring community can be a great source
of blessing. Caring community energizes, equips,
empowers, and encourages us.
After the sermon, we had time for sharing our
concerns for community prayer. Various people
raised their hands and shared prayer needs and
requests, joys, and concerns. A man in the back
hesitantly lifted up his arm. Very quietly he
said, "I just found out an hour ago that my
brother died in a car accident. I didn't know
what else to do and so I came to church."
We prayed for him and his family. Caring people
surrounded him after the service, offering their
help and hugs. They helped him with travel
arrangements and got him to the airport. A
number of people called and e-mailed their love
and support. They sent sympathy cards and flowers
for the funeral. His pastors stayed in close
contact. Through this church, a grief stricken
brother experienced the comfort, consolation,
loving compassion, and caring of Christ through
Find a spiritual community this year. It is part
of living as the beloved, one day at a time.
Worship regularly in the good times and the bad.
You will be energized, empowered, and equipped
for everything that life brings your way. You
will also be a blessing and source of strength to
others in their moments of deepest need.
Caring God of comfort, consolation, compassion,
and love bless us with such a spiritual
Grace and peace,
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