Last weekend, our church hosted a biannual Clothing Exchange, where we opened our doors for everyone in the community to come and get free clothing. It takes hours and hours and hours of exhausting work to get an event such as this set up. Thousands of articles of clothing were donated and needed to be organized. I had the privilege of working for a few of those hours alongside so many brothers and sisters who gave so much of their time. Hundreds of people in our church and in our community were served through this event. All I can ever think of while we are preparing for this is, “THIS is what it means to serve. THIS is what it means to be a church. THIS is how we show Jesus to others.” There were over 80 people LINED UP at the door on Saturday morning ready to come in and get clothes for their families, and many more who followed throughout the morning. It truly is beautiful to see that we are making an impact in the community.
Then, just today our church family met to celebrate the life of one of our elders who died suddenly last Monday. While it’s such a painful and sorrowful time of grieving together…as I see everyone hugging and crying together, again I think, “THIS is what it means to be unified. THIS is who we are called to be. THIS is what it means to show love and to be selfless.”
Barriers break down when Christians serve alongside Christians. Walls crumble when a loved one dies and we all grieve together. Love prevails when together we are reminded that only one thing is truly important.
THIS is what Christianity is all about.
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