By Megan Crow
I saw this painting briefly during a talk…and kept thinking about it so much that I searched for it online and saved it as the home screen on my computer.
Its melancholic theme fit my mood at the time.
Alone in a crowd.
I suspect many of us have experienced this feeling at one time or another.
For those in the Christian faith, it’s an especially difficult struggle, because it was never meant to look like this. The Bible speaks clearly and repeatedly about the church as a community, a body, a family.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. ~Romans 12:4-5
So now you… are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. ~Ephesians 2:19-21
Church isn’t a building, a sermon, or your best clothes on a Sunday morning. Church isn’t reading the Bible, drumming up a saintly attitude or dropping the name Jesus into every conversation.
Church is one another. This was always God’s intention.
I’m proud that ECF is a congregation that takes this concept seriously. Here are some of our one anothers:
Accompanying someone to their oncologist appointment.
Picking up the tab for someone else.
Making sure everyone has a ride home.
Cracking jokes and teasing whenever we’re together.
Gluten-free options at communion.
Celebrating the accomplishments of our students, missionaries and business people.
Encouraging text messages and group chats to share news.
Hiking and fishing trips.
Signing up for yoga classes taught by someone in the congregation.
House sitting and helping each other move.
Sharing the abundance of a garden harvest.
Opening your home to teenagers, long after yours are grown.
Applauding our talented musicians when they give concerts in the community.
This is the kind of love, support and community that reflects the heart of God.
I think ECF as a whole does this very well, yet I challenge each of us to think of even more creative ways to be the heart, hands and voice of Jesus in everyday life.
Escazú Christian Fellowship is a particularly special community: a group of English speakers located in San José, Costa Rica, poised to welcome travelers and residents as long-lost friends, safely arrived at home. We hope you join us!