As we are privileged to be part of this burgeoning community of Jesus-followers in and around Brive-La-Gaillarde, it is good to sometimes stop and take stock of where we are. To be grateful for what we have.
Some necessary medical intervention gave us that opportunity recently, as it affected our daily patterns and routines. Through this, we learnt:
- That prayer works: God has been faithful and provided safety and good recovery
- Flexibility: shifting roles, taking on different responsibilities in the house, juggling challenges
- Others step up: when we, for some reason, have to stop certain things, others have come to the fore in serving, leading, organizing…
- But especially: that this church we are a part of is characterized by love!!
Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35. And so we have been blown away by the love shown to us, through meals, cards, offers of practical help, childcare, texts, etc…Virtually every member and especially those who as yet do not confess to be Christ-followers, but are very much part of the community have demonstrated love in tangible ways. It is an awe-inspiring thing to behold, and we are grateful for this small band of believers and followers of Jesus who live out their faith in action! We thank God for each and every one of them.
That’s how you spot a true disciple of Jesus!