Thought for the Day: I used to hear a pastor who would say, “The church is this amazing community, and the only thing that would make it better would be if it didn’t have any people.” We all kind of chuckle with the understanding that people are people, and there are going to be moments when people will challenge us. Have I experienced a few of those moments in my ministry? Absolutely! Have there been times when I have been one of “those” people? Absolutely! But at the end of the day, even when it has been hard, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My capacity to love, show grace or demonstrate forgiveness has known failure, but I have also experienced immense love, received grace upon grace and have been forgiven even before I knew to ask for forgiveness. The church is this amazingly diverse body of human beings where its members will occasionally bump up against each another in some hurtful ways, but the capacity to make real the life and love of Jesus is quite extraordinary. I don’t want a church without the people. I really have the best job in the world.
Prayer: Allow your Spirit to bind us together anew this day, Gracious God. We all have our baggage and quirks, but you plan to use us for your good work in the world. Help us to be the body of Jesus Christ wherever we might go this day. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge