I just finished this Christmas wall quilt and as I was looking at the beautiful rich colours and all the intricate pieces, it made me think of our church or the church worldwide. All of the little shapes and various colours are nice but nothing special when they are all in pieces on my work table. But as they are put together and form a whole design, it reminds me of each one of us. We all have our various gifts but when we are joined as a community, we gain strength from one another and God can use us in ways we cannot imagine.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-20 - One Body with Many Members.
12 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. 13 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.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
Even though we are not worshipping together at this time, I am thankful that we can watch our services online and that we can pray for each other. I look forward to the day when we can be together in one room again. But in the meantime let us remember that we are all part of the body of Christ, no matter where we are, together or apart and we all play a part in doing God’s will.
(From Bridget Spelt)