— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —
Something happened this past weekend that caused me to remember a passage that Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians. While cutting a watermelon, my finger was in the way of the knife. I automatically dropped the knife and the watermelon rolled and fell to the floor.
As my finger bled the rest of my body was called into action. My brain took the lead and quickly developed a plan. My other hand grabbed a dish towel and wrapped it around my finger to stop the bleeding. My legs, hips, knees and feet worked together to bring me to the drawer that held the bandages. My eyes quickly saw what I needed after looking at the cut and seeing the size. Then my mouth was alerted to call a neighbour to help me with the bandaging. My ears heard the words of my neighbour and the doorbell when they arrived. In the end my entire body was activated to take care of the small tip of one of ten fingers.
In 1 Corinthians Paul illustrates the church, the body of Christ in comparison with the human body.
We, the body of Christ are dependant on each other. Each of us has a place in this body and each of us is dependant upon the other. Not one of us can operate alone since we are dependant on each other.
Just as my finger would have continued to bleed without the help of the rest of my body, the church remains healthy when all the body parts work together.
The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives. They range from somber to humorous and are inspired by all facets of live and faith. Written by ordinary people from all walks of life, they reflect a wide range of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities.
Each week’s text portrays the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.
We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.