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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fellowship

I was reading another blogger and she wrote about fellowship.  At the bottom she asked readers what fellowship meant to us.  http://raisingamommy.blogspot.com/2014/03/fellowship

This really got me thinking...


Fellowship is a beautiful thing.  It's something I'm finding less and less in church and more and more with religious friends...does that make any sense?  (It's certainly found in church, but it's harder for pastors, I think).

Fellowship is bearing your soul to others and them accepting it...drying your tears, offering a prayer or Communion.  Fellowship is friends feeling free enough to bear their soul to you... and when the tears are dried, continue EATING!  It's laughing and talking about those things you couldn't talk about with anyone else.  It's about taking care of each other.  It's about getting to know each other...really...on a deep level.

 It's about talking God.  Not just Scripture or religion....but GOD.

It's about celebrating with each other when we're up and mourning with each other when we're down.  It's about being there. It's about caring how your interview went...what your test result was... how your grandma is doing... how your house search is coming along... and so much more.

Fellowship is about community building in a world that is seriously lacking community. I miss the fellowship I had in seminary.  Almost every picture that came to mind while writing this was time I spent with the women I went to seminary with.

Fellowship is something I need to be more intentional about finding and including in my life.  Fellowship is healing and joyful.  Fellowship is a piece of a full life.

What does fellowship mean to you and where do you find it?

5 comments:

  1. I can't tell you what it means to me that you wrote this! Knowing that my little blog inspired even one other person to share makes the whole thing so worthwhile! Thank you!

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  2. I'm glad! You write and write and wonder if anyone even reads it! haha-- I loved what you wrote though and it inspired me. You have a great blog!

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  3. Julia, your post reminded me of what I wrote in my paperwork for DCOM, that I meant to share with you all!
    "I was blessed to begin my seminary studies alongside a group of incredibly gifted women who have become my dearest friends and colleagues in ministry. We spent our seminary years studying together, eating together, laughing together, and encouraging one another. We have celebrated engagements, weddings, pregnancies and births. We have cried with each other, helped one another struggle through classes and discernment, and have rejoiced as our various calls to ministry have been affirmed in multiple annual conferences. Even though we are now separated by distance, we continue to support one another in both our personal and professional lives. I would not be the woman and pastor that I am today with these remarkable women."
    Love you (and all the "wives")!

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  4. Did all the wives write about the wives in their candidancy and Comissioning papers? Miss you ladies much

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  5. I love it Amanda!! I miss you all so much! and the wifedom of course needs to be talked about in commissioning paperwork! :)

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