We would not be true to who we are if we did not take a moment to acknowledge our community and the pain and sadness we are going through. Just over a week ago, our region mourned the loss of El Paso County, CO Deputy Micah Flick. Revealing the heart of a hero, he intervened to save a life and lost his in the process. We grieve for his wife, children and the rest of those who knew and loved him. Tragedy reveals compassion in community. The word itself is made up of two parts that mean “with unity.” After seeing the response to loss, we say yes, with unity indeed.
Our city and our state have been in a state of sadness. But we also witnessed God in the midst of this tragedy.
Several close friends of ours have been personally affected in the aftermath...
We have talked about messy community and what happens when you have to disband a group. But let’s take a moment to discuss another tribe. This is what I like to refer to as my outer ring of intimate friends.
Yesterday was six years since I found out I was pregnant with our rainbow baby. I remember being so excited I walked (ok I ran!) and started screaming while Jake was in the shower. Note to everyone: Do not tell your spouse you’re pregnant while he is in the shower. He will drop the shampoo bottle on his foot and bruise it. You’re welcome for this sagely advice! 🙂
Back to my story…I tell Jake I am pregnant again. We had a group of friends that had been praying with us since we had our miscarriage. We told them through happy tears...
What began as a typical day in our life together ended up in frustration. Each person in our shared community had intentions to help, but the situation took a turn for the worse. Retrospect provides a textbook example of a simple misunderstanding. One person makes a passing comment that is misinterpreted by others and creates an awkward situation. Some in the group align themselves in one camp and others choose to ignore the comment or dismiss the person. This is further proof that community is messy.
Does it have to be this way? Do we really have to put up with the hassles of relationship? Must we yet again agree to disagree instead of finding some common ground? The answer, of course, is yes!
Community is messy!
This is nothing new to anyone...