Community is a fellowship of mutual care

August 4, 2010

Last week, my wonderful and fabulous wife posted this quote from Henri Nouwen on her Facebook account.  It is so applicable to everything that we have been going through and it is a great follow up to yesterday’s post:

Community is a fellowship of people who do not hide their joys and sorrows but make them visible to each other in a gesture of hope. In community we say: “Life is full of gains and losses, joys and sorrows, ups and downs – but we do not have to live it alone. We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care.” From Can You Drink the Cup?

Do you agree with Nouwen?  What is community to you?

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Kevin Martineau

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I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am married to my best friend and I have three beautiful daughters.

8 responses to Community is a fellowship of mutual care

  1. I definitely agree. True community is as life-giving as false community is draining. Having known both, the hope of biblical community overrides the fear and hurt and moves me into position to receive. Thank you Kevin.
    My recent post To Those Who Quit the Church

  2. Community is so huge in my life…when God drops you into the care of one, your life is forever changed! I know that I have grown so much in Him because of the community of believers I have been involved with.
    My recent post Bad Sheep Time – Leaving the Flock

  3. Definitely agree. True community is actively involved and concerned with all aspects of its member's lives.
    My recent post The Christian Atheist – Church

  4. This is so true : "We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care."
    I want that in my church. That is what community is.

    I love Henri Nouwen. I have that book somewhere on the shelf. Thanks for sharing.

  5. So true Jay. Thanks for sharing.
    My recent post Why God Why!

  6. It is definitely possible Ani when we choose to live our lives in this way
    My recent post Is the journey more important than the destination