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- Address: 1325 E. Cloud, Salina, KS 67401
- Saturday: 7pm (free meal served at 6pm)
- Sunday: 9am and 11am
“Everyone is here”, he intoned, shyly looking around at the other 13 children, when asked to share with the class something good in his life. If I had not been standing directly behind him when he spoke, I may have missed it.
It stopped me cold and instantly transformed my heart towards these 14 rambunctious little ones who wouldn’t even be quiet long enough to listen to each other talk about the goodness of God, for heaven’s sake!
All of the sudden, it didn’t matter that this group of kids couldn’t settle themselves down and follow my carefully orchestrated lesson.
What mattered is that this young boy, who has already been through more than any child should ever have to go through in a whole lifetime, looked around that room and felt a sense of community and belonging. In this rag-tag thing we call church.
And I, with my need for order and structure was convicted to my core. Yes, it gets a little messy sometimes when we seriously imperfect humans come together, but isn’t meaningful connection within the context of Christ worth wading through the mess?
True enough, we come to church to hear the word of God proclaimed and to learn of His truths, but don’t we also come to see reflections of His grace and love and truth on the faces of the community of believers?
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
As imperfect as this transformation may look at times, especially in the church, it is still the best model we have. And this young boy taught me something valuable. Everyone is here. And that is just as it should be.