We became members of a local church just before my husband received a new assignment. It’s not the first time that has happened to us, but this time we had begun thinking about possibly retiring to the area we were in. So, as is often the case with our family situation, we switched gears after just 2 years at that place, and began trying to prepare for a move to another country.
It’s full of challenges, and this move was our worst ever. I am still so thankful that 4 ladies gave of themselves and helped me! I could not have done it without them!
But, what I don’t get is why we are so easily forgotten whenever we have to move on.
We gave what we could of ourselves: our time, talents and money.
We poured out our hearts as we worshipped with many we found a connection with, beyond just our common beliefs.
Yet now it feels almost as if we no longer exist to many of the people we formed relationships with or just simply grew to respect. There have been limited efforts to stay in contact with us. Only a handful of people talk with us. This is a very large congregation!
Truth be told, my closest friends are Christians I met not within church walls or activities. Only a very few are ones I attended church meetings with or served the Lord with in some way.
That speaks volumes to me! It makes me sad and frustrated. Too many times people are content to put the burden of staying in touch on me.
Am I not worth the effort?
The Body of Christ, is made up of many parts, even moving parts like those of us that have no choice but to move away. I believe fellowship should represent the Eternal relationship we will always have with God and that common understanding of Eternity.
I’ve hit a point where it’s nearly too difficult to give of myself over and over, to figure out where or how I can fit in to the new while nursing the wounds of being forgotten or pushed out of mind, or just really, really missing the old.
Often a congregation can be so introverted and focused on their programs and busyness they miss the point of being part of The Body of Christ.
Why must I make all of the effort to connect and maintain any friendships? The fight I’ve had in me for this, is dying down. Why? Because the effort is most often one-sided.
I have discovered I can meet with others online, I can minister to others online, and I can be ministered to by people like Joyce Meyers, online.
But online doesn’t meet every need. It’s just a way to extend fellowship and ministry.
The Body of Christ is in the wireless world, as well.
It doesn’t end just because a member moves away.