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     The image of a family farm points to a difference we strive to make real in our church relationships: strong bonds with roots and a clear sense of serving the good of the whole body, with each having an essential purpose and contribution so all works well together - and the family thrives.
     The scene of fully sharing, close relationships described in Act 2:42-47 can be encouraging and unsettling, inspiring and unrealistic or even off-putting. Why? We are so used to looking out for ourselves and those within a close orbit. We are most comfortable with keeping all others at arm's length and formally separated by relational boundaries.
     But then the unexpected happens. Shared, unavoidable tragedy happens to the whole neighborhood. And suddenly all those formalities fall away. We more clearly appreciate our common human experience and bonds. We eat and work alongside folks we previously did not know despite their homes standing within a few steps of ours. Hurricane clean up and sharing of resources and news and encouragement can produce such a state.
     What would it be like if - without tragedy, but also including difficulties - our church sought to build such closeness and ordering of our lives in consideration and friendship with one another? As with the early growing churches, that is attractive and draws onlookers to see what we are about.

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