Life in a small community is much different than being in a large “church.” During our last gathering, Julie received a call from her husband over in Iraq. He informed her that his unit will no longer be stationed in Tacoma when he returns from his tour. She was rather shaken by this as this would mean that they have to move after he returns.
She asked us if we would pray for her and her family. We stopped our discussion and switched gears to support Julie. You simply can’t do this in a “Service” as we commonly think of it. There is just too much of an agenda at work. Sure there are some exceptions but most churches would keep on going as Julie exited the sanctuary to field the call.
Her news did not affect her family alone. The entire feel of our community will change when Julie’s family leaves. The emotional loss will be greater than anything. Part of our family will be moving away. . . Small communities make for Big relational connections.
Small community can be hard some times.