When I Am Here with You I Am Home
Author: Judy Grantham, "Stewardship Moment," Sun., Nov. 10
November 13, 2019
little song “I am the church!” The children sing…
The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting
the church is a people.
When I look at you I see the
church, the vibrant, beloved body of Christ.
I see the eyes of Christ
looking for those who might be invisible. I see the hands of Christ helping
others. I see the heart of Christ loving every soul created by God.
Personally I see my own
family, my faith family.
I see those who stand beside
me packing meals for starving children or bringing hope to incarcerated women.
I see my sisters in Presbyterian Women striving to do our share of empowering the
Sarahs, Rachels and Lydias of the world.
I see people who ask me about
my grandchildren and who worry about me when I’m sick.
People who love me when I am
silly and correct me when I’m wrong.
People who sing with me out
of sheer joy and adoration.
I see people bent over their
Bibles studying to understand better or praying fervently often for people they
do not know. I see people devoted to educating, leading and nurturing children
I see a family of believing
people trying to live out the gospel every day.
And just like a family this
one runs on a budget. Our house must be maintained, steeple (or rather tower)
the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting those in prison all require an allowance.
music, preaching, piano tuning, curriculum, heat, paper, etc., etc., etc. all
want their share of the resources.
and I have always worked for non-profits so we are far from rich. But we find
when we are generous with the church we always still seem to have enough.
Bill asked me to tell you
what the church means to me.
So you generous, flawed,
faithful, broken, struggling,
celebrating, blessed people,
are my family and when I am here with you I am home.