For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
We are in this together. There is no part of the body of Christ that we can excise in order to bring about unity. We are in unity. The question is how we learn to live with each other in all our differences and diversity, wrongs and sins.
First we must choose to be together no matter what. Staying together in an era where divorce is so common can appear to be an old-fashioned idea especially if one party feels as if the other is beating them up. Perhaps it is best to walk away.
And yet we can’t. We are in this together whether we want to be or not. We are the body of Christ. We can’t leave each other alone no matter how much we want to do so or in fact do so. We are inextricably tied together with one another. We will face one another in heaven one day.
So let’s learn to love one another as God loves us. That is, better than we love ourselves.
Welcome to a New Year! As with all areas of our lives – personal, professional or spiritual – the start of 2017 brings some change and at the same time joyful expectation of all that the future can, with God’s grace, hold. for us
At GCFA, the new year brings us the realization that our General Secretary, Moses Kumar, begins a six-month sabbatical from January 1 – June 30, 2017. For more than eight years Moses has led GCFA in its many initiatives relating to services to The United Methodist Church. We send our corporate and personal prayers for him during this time off for rest and renewal.
Together We Can
We will miss our colleague for sure during these six months, but even with Moses’ absence, our core ministry continues. What does this mean for us and for you? Every person at GCFA is poised and ready to continue our ministry of administration throughout the United Methodist connection. Just as before, all of us are available to provide support to the vital ministries with which you are so important a part. Together, we can and will continue our work.
Several members of the GCFA Executive Leadership Team will provide content for this blog over the next several months, providing insight into the efforts of individual teams within GCFA. Hopefully, through this vehicle we can communicate appropriately how we are living into our mission for the coming year.
I will close this entry with the words Helen Keller so eloquently used by her to describe what it means to “live by each other and for each other.” According to Ms. Keller, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” This is how we intend to pursue our mission at GCFA during 2017.
Thank you and may God continue to bless you in your ministry during 2017.