Monday, April 13, 2015

Recovery in the Bible (RIB)


Author Larry Crabb has a thesis: that safest place on earth is spiritual community, which he defines as having a requirement of brokenness. He says, “We’d much rather be impressively intact than broken -- and only broken people share spiritual community.” 

To illustrate what spiritual community is not, the author describes the front porch of a retirement home on which the elderly people are lined up in chairs, staring straight ahead at the street, their chairs not even turned toward each other. The Good News comes from personal, first-hand proof -- through terrifying experience through which we find  and follow God’s guidance. We share  evidence that God can rise from a pile of ashes, that He is still in the business of connecting entire heaps of dry bones.

That is why, in meetings of recovery, we turn our chairs toward one another. And we share by telling on ourselves from the troubles we’ve seen and the help we have received from GOD. God sightings.  From filthy rags, our GOD puts our clean laundry on the line, drying in the Wind of the Spirit to bring help, and hope, to one another.

This photograph is by Kristofer Rowe.

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