Together

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:12-13

 

 

Jimmy Durante, who at one time was one of the most sought-after entertainers in the world, had been invited to be part of a show for World War II veterans. He told them his schedule was busy and he could afford only a few minutes. The show's director happily agreed. Even a very brief time with Durante on the stage was worth it. 

 

Jimmy Durante took the stage.  He went through his short monologue.  But instead of leaving the stage, he continued. The applause grew louder and louder, and he stayed longer and longer.  After a full 30 minutes, he bowed to the audience and left the stage.

 

Backstage, someone stopped him, and said, "I thought you only had a few minutes. What happened?"

 

"Yes, that was my plan,” Durante replied. “Take a look in the front row and you’ll see why I stayed.”

 

Seated side by side on the front row were two men:  one had lost his right arm in the war, and the other, his left.  Together, they were able to clap loudly and cheerfully.

 

These men were able to make up for what each one lacked.

 

In the church, we all lack something that another person or family can supply. God takes all of us and forms us together into a beautiful community.

 

Christ supplied us with what we did not have: His righteousness. When we serve each other, we reflect the image of Jesus and grow as a loving community.

 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!