The struggle is real, folks. The struggle is real.
So this week I have been knocked off my feet by a blockage in my right ear. I woke up one morning and couldn’t hear anything out of my right ear, this used to happen to me a lot in high school, but hasn’t happened in years, and this time it felt different. It was making me dizzy, knocking off my equilibrium, and occasionally making me nauseated. I went to work, did my normal thing, on the way home I had to pull the car over and barf out the door. That night I woke up in the middle of the night with blinding pain and a high pitched ringing in the effected ear. Sarah’s mom came over to be a presence in the house while the boys slept and Sarah took me to emerge. They identified the blockage but weren’t able to take it out, and so I’ve been on a treatment plan to dislodge it. In the mean time I have been dizzy and in pain the whole week, and it has been a reminder to me how we take for granted those little parts of the body that you don’t normally pay attention too; but when they are hurt or taken out of commission the whole body feels it. And so, like a good pastor, it made me realize that it is the same in the church. We take for granted those parts of the body of Christ we don’t think of very much, but if they are hurting or absent in anyway it can throw the whole body off. Just as a quick example, my friend Bruce was in charge of making coffee after church one Sunday. Now, I don’t normally give a lot of thought into how the coffee gets to the lobby after church, I just know it always does! But, I distracted Bruce that Sunday and he forgot to make the coffee, and after the service we were coffeeless (which as you can tell from today’s comic, was a pretty big issue for me, lol). Scripture tells us to acknowledge all the parts, and actually that God gives greater honor to the parts we don’t normally think about
1 Corinthians 12:24b-26
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
I’m preaching this Sunday, but God cares more about the coffee, and that we actually connect with each other and encourage and support each other after the service than he does about what I’m going to say from the pulpit.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you are the ear of the church, and you feel ignored, I have noticed how much I need you this week, thank you for your faithful service in the Kingdom of God.