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Learning in Community

Posted: August 21, 2014 in unity
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“This is exactly how the Bible is meant to be engaged—collaboratively, in community, with a diversity of people and perspectives represented.” Rachel Evans 

I started following scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary after reading a blog from Rachel Evans. Until I read her blog piece, I had never heard of the  lectionaryI found an online edition from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/. They have an email sign-up for anyone that would like to have the weekly scripture readings sent directly to them. Being part of  “community” readings has been a blessing to me. I just wanted to pass on the blessing to anyone else who might want to participate.

http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/lectionary-intro

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Everyday that goes by, I’m increasingly realizing than we are created for community. God’s intentions are for us to live and work together experiencing abundant Life through Him. While cultures may vary as to the presentation, the meaning behind it does not.

Community is love.

I have been spending some time reading in Exodus and came across these pearls.

“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up — one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Exodus 17:12

“Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.” Exodus 18:17-18

Friends, God never intended for us to carry the load alone. Take the advice of Moses’ father-in-law. You weren’t designed to “handle it alone”. Ask for help. If you are feeling strong, then hold someone’s weary hands up so they can bear their responsibilities. Expect change. Today is not tomorrow, and tomorrow is not today. Community life doesn’t stay the same.

We were created from community (Father, Son, and Spirit) for community! It is one way humanity experiences love from the Father.