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"Recasting the Body Image" (in part).....

by Karen Hinz/Covenant Companion August 2013

The following article in the August Covenant Companion reminded me of how blessed we are at Brookdale Covenant – and how much more we could bless others--

"Just as the body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body------

-----its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." I Corinthians 12: 12- 26 in part

"God chose to create people with talents and strengths. Complex people. Every one unique. God gives gifts to people, and then God gives those people to various communities as gifts.

How do we receive the people God sends? The gifts God sends?..... Sometimes God's gifts move around or they learn new skills, or the get old and lose some of their abilities. They experience gains and losses, but they remain gifts. How does the community understand God's gifts?

The Apostle Paul's image of the body can be tricky. People wonder what they are, hoping for a good part like the hand or eye. 'Surely I am not a pinky toe or collarbone!'

This static way of thinking about the text—once an elbow, always an elbow—has been used to keep people in their places.  ......

But what if we envisioned this body of Christ differently – as fluid? One day I am a shoulder, putting my weight behind a problem and trying to move it. Another day I am an eye, observing and noticing and helping to steer others. Another day I am a shin, not directing or choosing but sharing the load.....

How do we allow the parts to be fluid so that we are not cast as either wallflowers or stars forever? How can we learn to see the body as constantly being re-cast?......

.....When we exclude ourselves from the body, whether because we think we are too good for the body or because we think we aren't good enough, we rob the body of our gifts...... It is God who qualifies and God who calls. True camaraderie in the body is essential. We are not ranked, hierarchical parts. We are fluid gifts to one another. We fill many roles over time....

The purpose of the body is to serve the head, who is Christ. ... By suffering and rejoicing together, we learn a compassion that we can take to the world.....

May it be so in the fellowship of believers and in the whole body of Christ."

(Please read the article in its entirety)

All have gifts and talents to share- it is evident every week at BCC.

For those of you who are holding back,

remember, the body is not whole until all parts are moving and involved!

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