Community Makes God Visible
By Henri Nouwen
“Nothing is sweet or easy about community. Community is a fellowship of people who do not hide their joys and sorrows but make them visible to each other as a gesture of hope.
In community we say: “Life is full of gains and losses, joys and sorrows, ups and downs—but we do not have to live it alone. We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care.”
Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. We can do little with them as individual stones except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic, portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.”
I’m often inspired by the writings of Henri Nouwen and this meditation below is no exception. I’ve read it a number of times and, whenever I do, our Wayside community comes to mind. We are like the mosaic that Nouwen describes, making God visible in our world. I’m so glad, yet humbled, that God uses all of us collectively to reflect his love in the Newberg community and beyond.
Submitted by Frank Engle
Today our community is reading John 20:1-18. Happy Easter!