Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Koinonia

In a daze I looked up to the sea of precious faces. As the nurses wheeled me out of the room I remember the touch of a sweet hand as there were more. They came, not that I should be surprised. At one of the scariest times in our lives they came to share our life. Over the course of the last few months so many came, some shared the breaking of bread, some shared prayers, some shared deep conversation, some simply came to just be. It's not about a fancy meal, it is about sharing life together, about fellowship, Koinonia(koy-hohn-ee'-ah)...

"Koinonia is a complex, rich and thoroughly fascinating Greek approach to building community. When Koinonia is present, the spirit of sharing and giving becomes tangible."-Wikipedia

All believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship,and to the sharing in meals, and to prayer. Acts 2:47

I remember moving here craving relationship and friendship with like minded families. We wanted a community of friends who we could share life with. And we found it by reaching out, by following His calling to become community. We couldn't just look for community, we had to be community. It wasn't always comfortable, but I have learned that nudging to reach out to someone, that is His nudge. The world tells us it is about me, not we; about my time, not our time; about taking, not giving. The world teaches to hide behind, instead of opening our doors.

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans 12:2

We are called to share life with others, by the greatest example of community and fellowship there was.



"If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I am going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." Matthew 5: 15-16

Open your hearts, your doors, your lives. You will experience with essence of Him. You will experience koinonia. The joy, beauty and breathtaking sweetness of sharing life.

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