Many of you may know it has been quite a year of transition for me. I have gone through a period of deconstructing my thoughts and feelings around the institution of church. I recently read this by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Every human wish dream that is injected into the Christian community is a hindrance to genuine community and must be banished if genuine community is to survive. He who loves his dream of a community more that the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial.”
I feel like for years I had been working, striving so hard to follow a dream. A human dream— one I had created in my mind of what the church should look like and be. Through a series of “unfortunate events” that dream came crashing down, and I found myself floundering, disillusioned and hurt.
Bonhoeffer also said, “The church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ, but it is Christ himself who has taken form among people.”
Through these humble and kind people I and my family have experienced Christ himself saying “Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” I am experiencing true community through people who have nothing in common but their love for Christ and each other. No high and lofty dreams just faithful people encouraging each other, asking what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. For this I am truly grateful!