My Heart for Circles of Faith
Where Faith, Life, and Community Intersect
"...if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love
is perfected in us."
1 John 4:12
I’m a community member…I love being in a group, exchanging ideas, growing in faith, exploring our stories…together!
The Beginnings of Community
We did all this together, as a family, living in community.
The Widening Circle
Of course, my community didn’t end with my family. It widened over the years. There have been lots of groups: college groups, church groups, parenting groups, and more along the way.
Sometimes the groups have been like-minded and pretty much on the same page. And sometimes the groups have come together to discover great differences. Sometimes the groups have involved hundreds of people, and sometimes the group has been a party of two. But always the groups have been valuable—nurturing, expanding, encouraging, challenging, deepening, broadening, loving—in one, some, or many ways.
One Life Matters
A funny thing has happened through all this group activity. I’ve really discovered the value of one. Each person, even the quiet one who rarely speaks up, has something important to say. Every one has a story, a big life story…and many smaller life moments woven in. Our lives and the stories they tell hold nuggets of truth, the wisdom of experience, insight of life lessons, emotions we may feel alone in, but share.
The Value of Sharing
I believe through telling and exchanging our stories, we can illuminate some of the darkness, the unknown, the puzzling things of life. And as we share, our eyes and hearts are opened, our thoughts are broadened. We learn, we grow, we stretch.
Faith In and Through All
And where does faith fit in? Well everywhere. Because God is everywhere…ever present. He’s in the purposes and plans that have unfolded throughout our lives. He’s the light in the darkness. He’s the ultimate object of the deepest connection we seek. He’s the orchestrator of our lives. He is faithful and worthy to be praised, as our Creator, protector, and healer, Father, brother, and Spirit.
So join me and Kim and many other women for this next leg of the journey. Join us as we share our stories here at Circles of Faith.
Let’s get the conversation going…
How are you experiencing faith in community right now? What’s your story?