that we belong to each other Mother Teresa
Good Monday Morning to this week 46 of 2019
The best of community does give one a deep sense of belonging and well-being; in that sense, community takes away loneliness. Henri Nouwen
Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.
The affinity for a place or situation, acceptance, association, attachment, inclusion, kinship, loyalty, rapport, relationship.
“It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together.” Keegan
Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. Such a simple word for huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with the intensity of daily life.
So many churches or groups of people claim that first, you have to behave right, and then you can believe the Gospel, and then once you have gotten that right, we will let you belong and become a member of our church or group. I believe it has to be the other way around. When it comes to church, I think the formula in a sense should be;
belong, believe, behave.
Jesus first let these individuals know that they belonged—that He loved them regardless of their behavior. One of the most powerful verses is in Mark 10 where it says, “Jesus looked at him and loved him, in the encounter with the rich young ruler who chose money over following Jesus. Or another of his answers “whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me”. People around Jesus didn’t have to believe in Jesus before they were shown His love and compassion. Rather, they believed because of it. And only after the belonging and the believing comes the third step—behaving. Because I belonged, it led me to believe. Because I believed, it causes me to change my act, challenging that within me that wasn’t is according to the belonging one you now believe in.
The House of Belonging
Awake to a new morning.
Thinking for a moment
it was one day like any other.
But, the veil had gone
A new feel of heart.
I thought; as I utter the place of exile
the dimensionality of being out there,
to then have my face turned towards a place,
immediately start to walk in that direction
of a new way, a new being part of partaking,
spelling the word; be, be-longing to belonging.
Was it the quiet and stillness of
God Shekhinah, as HIs manifestation, descended to
dwell among humanity?
Another prayer returned through
the voice of He with the
triune nature calling forth the real sense
And I thought,
this is a good day!
This is the day
how easily the thread
between the world of exile
to the one to belonging
coming as you are and yet in the same
breath, extending this acceptance to
others as they come as they are.
I found myself
in the quiet pathway
of light, away from
separateness to togetherness
with the unique gem of being a partaker.
For we have become partakers of Christ,
For we have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews
This is the bright home
in which I live, this is where
I ask my friends to come,
This is the temple
of my new home
having made His home
as I belong to something greater
where I belong.
I belong, I present my authentic, imperfect self,
I accept who I am, I embrace who is He is,
He that is greater within me.
There is no house
like the house of belonging.
Inspired by Yahwe, D.Whyte, B. Brown
Wishing you this same belonging!