Think On This

Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As individuals stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That's community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.
- Henry Nouwen


Greg Burch said...

Hey Brian. Ya, I have found that Nouwen really speaks into the issue of community well. I am tempted to say that some Catholics have a better understanding of community than most Evangelicals. Perhaps the mosaic is not complete... Thanks for the quote. I'll probably borrow it soon.

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