Community is Messy…but Worth It
As we begin to return to much anticipated in-person community,
A reminder that community can be hard.
We come to community from different places and in different head spaces.
We come weary and weird
We come cheery and chilled
We come in a spectrum of colors
We come not always either/or but both/and
We come grieving and celebrating
We come angry and invigorated
The kin-dom of God is one wild kingdom
That takes all kinds
Make no mistake about it
Everyone is welcome in the kin-dom of God
Because if everyone isn’t welcome, then it must be something other than the kin-dom
We know that community is not always pretty
We know that the work of healing and reconciliation can be messy
We know that through God and with God
We have the power to mend what has been ripped apart,
repair what has been breached
and make whole what has been broken
May we celebrate and revel in community restoring and renewing.
Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.