Be loved. Be known. Love people and know people. Be so brave as to raise a hand for help when you need it. Make friends and make sure they know they matter. Be loyal to them and fight for them. Remind them what’s true and invite them to do the same when you forget. If you do some losing or you walk with someone else in their defeat, live with dignity and grace. It is a middle finger to the darkness.” (TWLOHA)
This week we spoke about community. We spoke about the call to repent and believe that should come with a church community. We spoke about the way we should accept people into our midst and allow the grace of God to work in their lives rather than impose strict moral standards. I came home and read this quote and it made me smile because it reminded me of the human element of our communities – that we broken people have a chance to come together and be the manifestation of God’s grace in the world. In our messy little communities we can give darkness the middle finger, as Jamie wrote.
I am smiling. I think there is something to that quote. I think there is something to our community. I know we owe it all to our God.