Reflecting on Church #22: Affirming One Another
With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #22.
During the public sharing time that wrapped up the message at church, one of the members stands up to celebrate a person I know. Several decades ago my friend made a lasting impact on this person while she taught Sunday school.
Affirmed as offering acceptance, giving understanding, and providing much needed guidance, my friend forever changed this person’s life. I’m not at all surprised to hear this.
A few months later, at church #52, I see my friend and share this with her. Her eyes mist over with joy. Her lip trembles. Then my eyes grow misty as well. “And this is nothing,” I assure her. “When we get to heaven, we’re going to hear all kinds of stories like this.”
She nods and smiles in acknowledgment.
This is what affirming one another is like. One woman publicly affirmed my friend. Later I was able to affirm my friend, offering her encouragement.
This is how church should be and what church family is all about. Among other things, we should excel in affirming one another.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.