We’ve come through another Christmas and New Year celebration. While most of us will spend time smiling of memories around the Christmas Tree with family, others are quickly putting away lights and decorations. And still some, are dealing with unspeakable loss and deep grief.
Life is very consistent. Everyone experiences the deep hurt of death. Everyone. No one escapes this, no one can talk their way out of it, no one gets skipped. Death is no respecter of time, seasons, or events. As much joy as life brings, there is that much pain that accompanies death.
We talk a great deal about LIFE Groups here at FBJB. We believe in the reality of sharing life, developing relationships, biblical authority, and being challenged by Scripture. It’s not a theory to provide people with something to do. It’s not an activity to alleviate boredom. LIFE Groups are a very important aspect of a God given discipleship strategy that promotes unity and genuine Christian growth.
Recently, one of our faithful members experienced the loss of her mother. I had the honor of being with the family afterward and being part of the service. While these pains happen every day, it struck me how this particular death and following impact affected me.
This couple has been very active in their LIFE Group. The relationships are real and run deep. Through all kinds of laughter and all kinds of issues, this group of people have been together. So I expected some presence. But what was amazing was how the entire group rallied around this family. Every step, every incident, every member was present. And through it all, love and support was shown and received.
“The LIFE Group has made all the difference in the world.” They said, and “We don’t know where we would be without these people in our lives.” Just a couple of references to the important role that their friends played in the process.
There are people who live and die everyday and never experience the love and acceptance that this family has recieved through their crisis. There are people in our own fellowship that lay their head down each night lonelier than they woke up.
May we be known for our love and support of each other. Invite people to join you in life, search your heart and see if God would have you step into leadership as a LIFE Group leader, or host a LIFE Group. People are too important. Life is too precious to go at it alone.
It matters. It matters now, and it matters in eternity.
Get plugged in! Join a LIFE Group!