Faith Column: Connections in our community
One of the things I appreciate most about our corner of Colorado is the spirit of cooperation that exists and is embodied by many of our faith-based nonprofits.
Seeing people from different churches come together and accomplish things for this community makes me smile on a regular basis.
Bear River Young Life, Love INC, St Michael’s Community Kitchen, and the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center are all examples of individuals from different churches working alongside one another to reach, serve, help, and show Jesus through actions.
There are also churches that partner together for services and VBS as well as events like the National Day of Prayer during which ministers from the area take turns praying on the courthouse lawn.
This cooperation reflects what Paul says in I Corinthians 12 “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired… And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you;’ or again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you…’ so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”
Just as the parts of the body all have different functions, we all have different skills and talents that can be used to serve God and the people around us.
We can all have an important part in what God is doing.
It is just a matter of finding your role in the community no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is.
There is joy and excitement in watching what God does when you show up and join with others.
Katie Grobe is the executive director of Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.
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