This week we welcome guest blogger and Community & Connection Pastor Jodi Wicker.
As we observe this season of Lent and focus our attention on those disciplines and practices that enable us to draw nearer to God, we will inevitably encounter some level of suffering, longing, and “withholding” of pleasure as we seek to God’s formation in our lives. As we press into God, we not only sense more acutely our need for Him, but also for the community and fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Suffering is a part of every Christian’s journey, it is part of our human condition and experience, but God never meant us to go it alone. We need one another’s prayers, support, and help and encouragement in keeping faith and hope alive, especially in life’s most challenging circumstances.
One of the core values of Christ Church and of our small groups is that we become a community of real people in real relationship, learning to love one another, grieve and celebrate together life’s challenges and joys. It is through that kind of community that the world is blessed by our witness of Christ-like love for one another, that is always pursuing, inviting, and opening our arms to others.
If you are in a small group, I invite you to consider how you might be a comfort, or offer practical help or prayer to someone who struggling right now. Maybe you need to ask for help and support, and risk being vulnerable with your group about your struggles.
If you are not in a small group, I invite you to consider joining one over this Lenten season. There is a list of groups on the Christ Church website with contact information and directions. You may also contact me by email or call 496-3283 for more information on how to get involved.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Grace and peace,