Originally posted June 5, 2012, at 2pennyblog. Republished with permission of the author.
Recently, we added clip art to our online calendar showing a small church on a tropical island. The caption reads, “Don’t take a vacation from church.”
This does make some sense. Our spiritual needs and the needs of others don’t stop just because it is summer. We all need to be cared for, built up, strengthened and fed — sometimes in concrete ways. Coming together as the people of God — where we share our time, treasure and talent, as well as our own needs — changes our lives along with the lives of others.
These always remain important and sacred times where we will encounter the risen Christ in some way, because as Jesus taught, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20).
Yet note, Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered.” Wherever we go, Christ waits to meet us. Wherever we gather, Christ is. We are reminded that we are the church, not some building. Our brothers and sisters in Christ live well beyond Mechanicsville and Virginia and wish to welcome us in his name. No building or denomination can contain them. Some of our family members even wait to be discovered, as they will finally learn of Christ’s great love for them through us.
Wading in our faith and baptism, we are no longer our own. We are a new creation and part of a growing family. We always remain Christ’s, and we can never truly take a vacation from who we are or who’s we are. As Christians, we are only asked to hold on to the hand of grace while we journey, trying to live up to our sacred family name.
Yes, we discover that we are “Christ-bearers” created, called and sent into the world. This summer wherever we find ourselves — at home or away — I hope we all get the rest and relaxation we need but also recapture, embrace and come to better understand our true identity.
As the communion of saints, let us remain the church that always recognizes Christ’s presence in our lives and makes his love known.
Find a link to Lou Florio’s entry on the blog 2pennyblog at Lutheran Blogs.