4 We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function.
5 In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.
(Romans 12: 4-5)
Last evening, I had the privilege to lead the online Youth Group while Catie is away for the week. The text that Catie sent to each youth to “chew on” in preparation for the meeting is the well-known passage from Paul’s Letter to the Romans on the importance of living in community as the Body of Christ. This morning, while relaxing in my favorite recliner sipping coffee, I reflected on the wonderful experience of last evening; the sharing of ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in each person’s week, prayer petitions for loved-ones and our nation, and conversations about homework, having pets, and the yearly 8th grade trip to DC. I was impressed by the sense of trust and respect exhibited by the youth toward each other, marveling at how they were living out the very text Catie had sent, probably without being aware of it. But I was aware of it! And this morning, as I sipped on my coffee while reflecting on last evening’s Youth Group, my heart was warmed with the joy that at Stewartville UMC is a group of young people who are growing in their faith, not only individually, but also within the larger community of faith. Thanks be to God in Christ!