On Mission to Be a Family

Be humble. Be patient. Love one another well. And so ended his message to the Bible Church last Sunday after Isaac Adams taught on Ephesians 4:1-16. Such a teaching sometimes calls for taking our spiritual temperature to see how we’re doing? Are we healthy and on a good trajectory for being who we should be? Obviously there is room for growth, but I am encouraged. Let me share with you some situations that have caused me to be thankful for God’s work in our church family.

A woman who has been friends with many at CHBC for years is currently going through the end of her marriage. Because we are in the middle of an isolating pandemic, my friend bravely gathered around herself a group of friends on Facebook to allow for encouragement and safe reflection as she grieves and attempts to move forward. Her friends have served her well with their encouragements, their listening hearts, and their prayers. It is beautiful to watch this part of the body minister to a hurting sister.

Here’s a quote from someone of our Bible Church Group Facebook page where someone shared after Sunday’s message: “I want to share what a woman told me after the service. She is experiencing a long recovery from an accident and says it has been discouraging during Covid. Ryan and Eric have kept in touch and one of Malcolm’s interns called and asked if she could regularly deliver her groceries to her. I was so glad to find out how our body is caring for its members!

There is a woman who has only recently become acquainted with CHBC. I do not know her, but I’ve seen her name frequently. I’ve seen her posts on Facebook as she has been trying to find an affordable place to live. I’ve watched our church family respond to her. I’ve seen her name appear on our prayer chain. I’ve heard of others checking in to make sure that she is being cared for. I’ve also heard of a favorable resolution as she now has a place to live.

Please forgive me for drawing from Facebook so much. This resource is my best way of staying connected to all of you while being at home. It’s not the best way of connecting our hearts and minds to one another, but it is an adequate substitute during these days.

I do want to share with you one more observation of our loving church family. There was a much loved family in our church for many years. The wife and mother passed several years ago. The husband remained at home, but then was no longer able to care for himself at home and had to move to a facility to finish out his years on earth. I know of many who visited with him regularly while he lived in that facility. As his health failed, many prayed for him and continued to faithfully spend time with him. There is one son who still lives in the area. He too has been loved and cared for, especially after his dad passed and was remembered at a loving memorial service.

These are some of my observations of how we have loved and cared for one another. I would love to hear from you some of the situations that you are aware of. Because so much of our care for each other occurs under the radar, we can all be encouraged as we come to know the underground, loving culture of who we are as a family.