vulnerability in the body of believers

December 11, 2010

we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown to our family in recent weeks. times of plenty … times of want … most of us have walked through this in our lives and specifically in our finances. and let me say, it’s *much* more comfortable and pleasant to be in the season of “plenty”, being able to share and give to others out of the abundance God has provided us.

however, i am learning the beauty of receiving … as it relates to being deeply connected with others; sharing the truth of our situations and finding that not only can we often relate but that in that vulnerability and honesty, God can allow us to be the hands and feet of love to each other.

we were, literally, overwhelmed by some very specific needs met in the last couple of weeks by some precious friends. and as i stumbled in my awkwardness at being on the receiving end during one instance, my friend literally said to me, ‘don’t grouch!’ she proceeded to share that by giving, she is able to participate in a promise offered in God’s word:

Proverbs 19: 17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; he will reward him.

she went on to say that she can’t see in the future, she can only see the past … and how God has provided. HE alone knows how her family’s needs will be met 6 months from now; for today, they are choosing to participate in one of His promises.


another friend and i talked about the richness of really BEING the body of believers to each other; living out the richness of that honest and deep sharing and receiving … there is so much growing and learning and beauty in that. and we are called to unity! how easy it can be, to remain distant and separate, private in our struggles and distant in our relationships. i feel that we can miss out on so much. so, i am learning … and thanking God for the beautiful people He has placed in my life.


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