by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris
Last week, I shared about the importance of showing care to others in the midst of tumultuous times. This is a good way to get out of our own misery, and it is also a way to put goodness into a world that seems to need it more than ever. I love hearing stories on the news or on Facebook about someone helping a stranger in a time of need, don’t you? It gives me hope and inspires me to keep being a better person.
This Sunday is known in the traditional Christian year as Ascension Sunday. It observes the moment that Jesus left his disciples and turned his mission over to them, leaving them as the “body of Christ.” Jesus said “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), therefore we are to be the light of the world. We are to bring light to the darkness. While working toward solutions for the big problems in our nation and communities is certainly a way to bring light into the darkness, we can also bring light into those situations that don’t make the headlines: the friend whose child died, the coworker who was diagnosed with cancer, the neighbor who is alone and lonely. There are plenty of opportunities to bring this light to people within Trinity’s congregation as well. This is why congregational care is important in every church; being the hands and feet of Christ means taking care of one another together.
I invite you to reflect on the ways you are already showing care to people in your world, both within Trinity and beyond. Do you have questions about how to do this? Do you wish you could connect with others who strive to bring light into dark situations? Perhaps you have not been able to show up for someone else, but wish you could. What stops you? If you would like to talk about your answers to any of these questions, or have even more questions yourself, I would love to grab a cup of coffee and talk with you!
Thank you for being the Church!