“The man who fashions a visionary ideal of community demands that it be realized by God, by others, and by himself. When things do not go his way, he calls the effort a failure.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I spent an embarrassing portion of my life standing in the same spot at Target one afternoon.
There were two photos I wanted framed in the family room: Hubby and me strolling on a beach before we morphed into sleep-deprived parents and two cherub faced boys under five who made it worth it.
Domestic diva I’m not, so my right brain was fried numb trying to figure out the style, size and color. Once that decision tree was solved, I proceeded to scan the espresso stained wood pieces with laser intensity to make sure the frames that ended up in my shopping basket had the fewest scratches.
I wanted my photographed memories to be picture perfect, decoratively trimmed.
As the cashier scanned the items, ringing me up, she haphazardly banged them against each other.
She shoved the frames into the plastic bags, while I traded in my ideals for a dose of reality.
I was at a department store, but God taught me this lesson much closer to home.
I had to chuck my idealistic mindset about Christian community – when I found myself sitting at a large round table, heads down and hands folded at a very peculiar prayer meeting…
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