The Impact of a Church Family

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I looked at Sophie and said, “Honey, don’t ever leave a good church. Even when you get old always stay rooted in a Christ centered church as long as you’re physically able.”

My heart has been so full once again of the Body of Believers that have come alongside our family to pray, encourage and support during my last surgery a little over a week ago.  I can’t imagine going through such big life events without my church family.

A group of ladies came and prayed over me before my surgery and people have sent cards, meals, calls and visits to tell how they’re praying for my recovery and for our family. It makes such a big difference.

I think a lot about people who are not plugged into a church family for whatever reason. And I miss the effects of community for them. Many people don’t even know what they’re missing because they’ve never experienced it before. Others have experienced it but for whatever reason left the church.

When a healthy (not perfect) church does what Christ calls the church to do then the people are encouraged and the world sees something beautiful. Something they can’t always put their finger on but they want a part of it too.

I’m thankful I’m a part of a church that prays. That bears one another’s burdens. That speaks truth. That forgives when we don’t always get it right and that loves in the midst of the difficult.

Do you have this kind of community? If not, I would love to pray for you as you consider taking that step into finding a healthy body of Christ followers. If you do have this already what is it that you love about your church community?  I’d love to hear.