Glove vs Mitten, Why being in a Church Setting is Good, 02JAN
Holding my fingers inside my fist inside my glove on this 20 degree morning driving my son to school, I was making the argument that mittens are better than gloves to keep your hands warmer. It’s true. Each finger helps the other, keeps it closer to complete body warmth, more able to do work when called upon. A fist warms.
That’s church, or how a church setting could be, together not just for warmth (as in warm bodies) in the seats, but warmth so that we work together better. Work our fingers, hands, feet, work our spiritual gifts for God.
Yes, together and functioning as best we can to support each other and warm the people who come thru the door. We are not to be people who just huddle close to the heater, but we are to actively work at the work the Lord intends.
Yes, together and functioning in order that we may also go OUT OF THE DOORS. We who are clothed in fabric of God’s Love, as a mitten, can step out, in faith, to serve outside our church doors. We can find the people where they are – on the street, in the homes, on the couches, in need. Share the love of the Lord with them. Invite them to share His love too. Encouragement and warm smiles.
A mitten not a glove.
Fingers serve different functions, so do church members. So do the masses of people to reach. There are thumbs, pinkies and the pointer fingers. Find out the Lord’s mission for you. Find ways to share your abilities for His Glory. Any cold lone fingers might ache, as a lonely person aches. Togetherness is a way we grow strong for compassionate works and action. Together two by two, the Lord gives us moments to witness to each other, and realize our Lord’s power. A whole hand can function best connected to the rest of the body.
A mitten not a glove, the covering is together, like the Lord. Pull together when life separates. Be together to work, and together help the Lord warm the world.
Many hands make LIGHT, His LIGHT, work.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1Corinthians 12:5-13
The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead two by two to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Luke 10
(PS, I am very grateful for my church families, and for the Lord that fuels my fire for Him and His people)