As Christians we are admonished to “forsake not the
gathering of ourselves together.”
Today’s world is filled with ways to connect with others –
electronically, by cell phones and computers, and other
devices. Yet, virtual community leaves something to be
desired. God gave us eyes and ears and hands and
bodies, and they all can contribute to our experience of
being together. Jesus talked and ate and walked and
slumbered and taught and worked and served and died in
real face-to-face community. He embraced and touched
and healed in very visceral ways. His human body was
given to his disciples in many forms – and ultimately given
to us as the Bread of Life.
So what is the heart of Christian Community? It is Christ’s
body and His love at work within and through us. It is
closeness, connection, compassion and Christ-like caring.
Community is giving our hearts to Christ and then
unselfishly to one another.