17 March 2009

True Community

We had a marvellous Morning Prayer service at one of our churches last Sunday, devised and led by a fellow Reader. It was inspired for a number of reasons - not least because it was the day of the church AGM!

The focus was on community, as expressed in our church and in
Jigsaw Kids Ministries - mission partners we support in the Philippines. So it was particularly good to read this today from Henri Nouwen's Bread for the Journey:

When we dismiss people out of hand because of their apparent woundedness, we stunt their lives by ignoring their gifts, which are often buried in their wounds.

We all are bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak.

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