So many of you have posted comments, and Nancy and I read each and every one. Your notes truly are encouraging to us. Every now and then I run across one that just seems to really hit the nail on the head. It's one of those "Why didn't I think of that first?" moments. From time to time I'd like to share those with you. Here's one:
"As I was reading your update this afternoon you stated “When brain cells die due to an injury, other parts of the brain kick in and start learning how to do what the injured part is supposed to do.” It struck me that I believe that is how God intended to set us up too. Us….as the body of Christian believers, we are all in this together. Your immediate family has been injured so your extended family will learn to do what you can’t do right now. We will be stronger friends and prayer warriors. We will support your family while you “relearn, re-heal, and reset.” I pray that you, Nancy, Kara, Garren & Kelsy feel the strength of the rest of the “body” kicking in and that it gives you comfort, rest & peace! Sarah Prewitt"
1 Corinthians 12:24-26 confirms this reality:
"But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
Paul compares the human body to the family of Christian believers. He calls it the body of Christ. And as a body, all of our parts work together, so "that there may be no division...but that the members may have the same care for one another." It has truly been amazing to see God's family unify in our time of suffering. And this extends well beyond our local church family. I love Southbrook, but God is uniting people from other churches and schools in His name as well. It goes beyond man-made names and barriers. That's unity. That's the body of Christ.
At the same time, there are many things within our body over which we can rejoice. New babies have been born. Birthdays are being celebrated. There are so many things about which to rejoice. So while the members of the body care for those who are suffering, let's not minimize the things over which we can rejoice.
Thank you Sarah for your insight.
Thank you fellow believers in Jesus Christ for being the church.