Community is Not Easy

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Weddings are wonderful events.  Everyone is happy.  We are all there to celebrate.  But everyday is not a wedding.  To live in a community means that we are experiencing different things in our lives.  There are some who are rejoicing.  There are some who are fearful.  There are some who are suffering disappointment.  There is a wide variety of emotions and experiences happening simultaneously.

 

This past weekend was another bull riding weekend.  The PBR, Professional Bull Riders, had an event, but they also had a cut to the “big league” roster.  This means that at the beginning of the weekend, there were 35 riding on the Built Ford Tough Series.  At the end of the weekend, only the top 25 will be guaranteed spots on the tour.  Some of the riders that I enjoy got cut.  I imagine a lot of their fans hurt with them.  There are other riders who made it through the cut.  They survived.  We were relived with them.  Then, J.B. Mauney is celebrating not only winning this event but also being ranked number 1 in the world.  After a very long battle with injuries and other issues, he seems to have figured things out for himself.  There is joy for the one who is having a mountain-top experience.  There are others down in the valley.  Most are somewhere in-between.

 

The job of the community is to experience all of the happening at the same time.  We are to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.  We are to be with the rest of our community in all of the experiences of life.  Yet sometimes, we focus on just the joys or just the sorrows.  We forget that God is walking with us in all of the experiences of life.  Let us live fully as communities, especially communities of faith.  Let us celebrate the mountain-top, encourage those on the sides of the mountain, and be present with those who are hurting.  God calls us to share all aspects of our lives together.  It is not always easy, but it is a fuller experience of life.

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