Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Healing in Community

A few years ago now, a group from our Corps came together to make some theological statements that described our corporate experience of Christian fellowship. Here is one of those statements:

We know the presence of God's Spirit and experience healing and hope in community together.

There are a number of things that I still really like about this statement. Firstly, it draws out something of the communal aspect of the Trinity: we share with God an essential element of our existence which is relational by nature. Furthermore, God's presence with us brings forth both healing and hope. I am convinced that there are no more important gifts than these two, which are even more precious in a community that embraces the poor and the marginalised. We are not by any means a gathering of perfect people - we are still learning to accept each other's imperfections - however, I do see healing and hope imparted here on a regular basis.

Thanks be to God who understands our weakness and through whom we draw strength and companionship.

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