19 August 2005

Need A Friend?


that was the sign on a church just as we crossed the Connecticut RIver from Vermont into New Hampshire.

I have to wonder, tho ... It seemed kind of cold and removed to me. I know Jesus desires to be our "friend" in a certain sense. But in another very real sense I think He's made it pretty clear that we're to be His arms and legs .... His "body" here on earth. So I think He might like us to be friends with each other first. I wish churches would have signs that said, "Need A Friend? Come On In." or "Try Us."

Or, the reality is that people who need friends don't respond to impersonal signs anyway. So I think churches which are supposed to be about people and their needs (spiritual, emotional and physical), should dispense with marquees entirely, and put out something truly inviting like food ... or ... maybe ... beer.


Blogger Ross said...

From St. Brigid of Ireland, care of Bryce Sibley:

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity.

8/20/2005 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Yes. That sort of thing reminds me of Dogma, and Buddy Jesus giving us the good ol' thumbs-up.

8/22/2005 04:01:00 PM  

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