Day by Day

Jun 12, 2017

by Julie Thomas, Administrative Assistant, PCA

As we enter the season of Pentecost, I have been re-reading the book of Acts.  Acts 2:44-47 describes how the first members of the church lived: 

"All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute to all, as any had need.  Day by day, as they spent      much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,praising God and having the good will of all the people.  And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."  (NRSV)

When I look around at our churches today, I wonder how we got from there to here.  The early church was so simply arranged.  Everyone lived in close community and everyone cared for each other “as each had need”.  There was no “mine” or “yours”; just “ours”.

Our communities are so much larger today, and so much more segregated.  We have communities for school, for sports, for hobbies or interests, for family, and for church, and the communities don’t often overlap.  In all the “busyness” and “separateness” of each group, I wonder if we forget to notice the needs of sisters and brothers in groups outside our own. 

If we had to spend all of our time with each other, would we be more attuned to each others’ needs and more careful to take care of those whose needs are not being met?  Maybe we just assume someone else will take care of those “others” when we are not around them all the time. 

How might our world be different if we looked at everyone from birth onward as our close family member?  Would there be people in prison?  Would there be people in mental institutions?  I heard last week from a news story that 40% of Americans, when asked, identified themselves as lonely.  This despite all the social media and constant contact we seem to have with others.  Would we have loneliness if we lived as these early church members did?

Something to think about…

Category: Spirit

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