Friday, May 10

Cultivating Caring Community: Mission Friends


“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (Proverbs 18:24)


What in the world does the word covenant mean, anyway? Great question. The word covenant has come to mean many things in biblical and theological circles. But for the founders of our denomination, the meaning simply meant together. This group of Swedish Christians called themselves the “Mission Friends” because they wanted to be seen as being better together.

The word covenant implies commitment: I will stick by you when things get tough. I will seek to understand your needs at deep level, rather than just judging your behavior. I will love you even though you see this issue differently than me.

The song “Brother” by Needtobreathe speaks life into this concept:

Brother let me be your shelter
I’ll never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

In a world that is fraught with disunity and polarization we have the opportunity to be mission friends: committed to one another in sickness and in health. And through that commitment, may many come to see Jesus as their shelter and light.


Family Discussion: Listen to this song, Brother, together. Discuss the lyrics: What phrases stand out to you?


Action: Text or call a friend that has acted as your shelter during a storm or your light on a dark day—thank them for their care.

 

Elyse Aguirre