It Takes a Village

 

No one gets where they are without help. That’s especially true in each persons faith walk through life. We all accept Christ into our hearts as individuals, we have to make that declaration alone. But keeping that flame alive usually involves the support of community.

Sometimes I think I have a faith that will never be moved. I pass through days and weeks just sailing on the winds of grace. There’s no doubt that life events can draw me closer to the Lord. Birthdays, anniversaries and graduations are all happy celebrations that give me a sense of being blessed. Blessed to be present, blessed to stand in such obvious grace. But inevitably, hard times come.

I’ll have bad days, and it’s hard to bounce back to a close relationship with God. I get so distracted by my emotions and the craziness of the moment that I start to feel disconnected. That’s when God steps in and sends his children to help support and remind me that he is still there. Yes, his grace is enough for me. And sometimes that grace comes in the body of my friends and family members.

In the Old Testament, these chosen ones were anointed with oil:

1 Kings 1:39  Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the Tent and anointed Solomon. They sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted…

Exodus 30:30  You must also anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them, so that they may be priests in my service.

The Lord chose his leaders to help his people through war, and to support them in faith. Have you ever thought about the chosen ones who were anointed for you? I know from experience that God wants our pain to be eased and our sufferings to be shared. I may not be delivered from my pain, but having someone near to hear and walk with me is God’s love coming to earth.

In the weeks before my mom’s death, there was so much to do. My brother arranged for a hospital bed at home, my sisters and I set up a rotation of care so two of us were with her 24/7. Whenever I hear the the words: “It takes a village” I know exactly what that means.

We all met together every night to say Night Prayer after my mom was asleep. I know that God was there for us in his healing grace. But even more importantly, we were given the gift of each other. We could express our feelings, support each other and just be present. We were anointed for each other.

I try to be aware, and then be very thankful for the people in my life who have been anointed to support me. It’s an incredibly generous, and greatly needed gift from God and from those people. And I know I will be chosen to be God’s grace to someone else someday. I look forward to that.

Because I know we just can’t do it alone. It takes a village.

 

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50 thoughts on “It Takes a Village

  1. Beautiful post and so very true…I think God’s plan all along is for us to support our brothers and sister in Christ in both times of need and to celebrate in times of joy…We miss blessings to both ourselves and to others when we don’t listen to that small voice prompting us to be His lips, hands, and arms…Hugs

    • Hi Nancy! Yes, I think we all belong to each other…in the same family of God. We should support each other! And there are times when we are especially called to help someone else. I hope I’ll always be listening to that call.

      Don’t want to miss those blessings! Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  2. I’m grateful tonight that you’re in my village, dear friend … Thanking God for the comments and links and conversations that have brought us together. You bless me greatly.

    And I know I’m not the only one …

    • Hi Linda! Yay! I get to live in your village? That makes my day 🙂

      I thank God for you too my friend. I am in a place to soak up all the grace that comes from your writing and wisdom. We belong to a wonderful family…the family of faith.

      Thank you for your kind words. Have a restful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Lulu! Oh thank you. It was a very intense time. My mom was diagnosed and then died all within two weeks. Where we would have been without each other and our faith…I don’t want to even know.

      She truly handed down the love of God.
      Have a peaceful night my friend,
      Ceil

    • Hi Mari! Sing it sister! I am right with you. I can think of many times I was just so down and lost. Without my good friends and family, I’d still be there. God is so good.

      Have a restful night 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Mindy! It’s such a blessing to have so many in your life who help carry you in good times and bad. You are a special person to God, and to your friends. I’m not surprised that you have such supportive people in your life. You always support me 🙂

      Happy Thursday!
      Ceil

    • Hi Elizabeth! How nice to see you here!

      I sure hope your husband is doing better. You have really experienced the support that you needed. How wonderful that God has placed just the right people in your life to make that time easier. He is so good!

      Have a wonderful day,
      Ceil

  3. You’ll probably find this somewhat hard to believe, but I’m very much an introvert. It takes a lot for me to be in a crowd of people, even family. Your words today really speak to the heart of a prideful woman who thinks she can do it all by herself….sounds like a little child, huh? 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that God puts others in my life for a reason. HOPE you have an awesome day, Ms. Ceil .

    • Hi Deb! I can’t tell that you are an introvert by your writing, that’s for sure. But I think that many writers are. It’s easier to express ourselves on a page instead of showing up in a crowd.

      I often think I can ‘go it alone’ too. Kind of silly, because God always gives us what we need. And who we need. I’ll keep learning as I go. I think the Lord understands 🙂

      Have a blessed Thursday my friend,
      Ceil

  4. Ceil, I often wonder how people without family handle all the challenges that come with life. Thankfully, whether we have family close by or not we always have Jesus and His people to be our helpmates and support, our sisters and brothers in faith.

    • Hi Pam! Most of my family moved out of state for one reason or another. But I still have my Dad and brother’s family here. I am very supported by them. There are a lot of people who don’t have that, but I know that God wants to send helpful friends and family in faith to help. He doesn’t want us alone.

      I’m so glad you have your family close. It truly is a blessing.
      Happy Thursday 🙂
      Ceil

  5. I am one of nine, so growing up, I felt like I was in a village! And when my father passed, we were all there rotating turns as well. Homeschooling has brought many blessings, one being the group we belong to. Oh! How we care for one another with help especially in emergencies, new babies, and death. Have a blessed day!

    • Hi Patty! You did have a village growing up! We are very fortunate to have such close, loving families, I know that doesn’t always happen.

      I have seen many of your photos of the home school community you belong to…it really is inspiring. All are ready to help and support, just as Christ would want all of us to do. Its a wonderful example of community.

      You have a great day too!
      Hugs,
      Ceil

  6. Amen, dear Ceil! I am so grateful for my “earthly” family and friends and for the way the Lord uses them in my life – we are so blessed, aren’t we, sweet friend?

    Happy Thursday to you! Hugs

    • Hi Stephanie! Yes, we sure are. I know God has brought me such wonderful friends in faith to help me celebrate good times, and to sit with me in sorrow. I know you have had that grace too.

      Hope you had a great day 🙂
      Ceil

  7. Amen Ceil,
    We are a family in the Lord and whether it be physical family or spiritual family we are all there to love and support one another.
    God bless you and both families Ceil.

    • Hi Brenda! And I thank you for your support of me. You are a wonderful blog-friend. And you make a good point, we should cherish all our families, human and spiritual.

      Great insight!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

  8. “We all met together every night to say Night Prayer after my mom was asleep.” This is so wonderful Ceil. You don’t get many familes praying together these days.

    I was thinking the other day. The greatest legacy that my parents left their children is that we all keep in touch as a close family, and we all kept the Faith and attend church regularly.

    Thanx for your comment about Michelangelo. I’ve now been inspired to write more art critiques. New post just published.

    God bless you and your whole family always, Ceil.

    • Hi Victor! Those prayer times are precious memories. And I agree about the legacy of faith. It’s not always successful, but we do need to try to pass down our heritage of Christ.

      More art? You are becoming an editor my friend! I’ll have to stop by and see what delight you have up now 🙂

      God bless you and yours too,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! How nice to see you here today 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words about the post, and the header! I’m sure your husband depends on you…you are probably his ‘village’.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  9. Yes, Ceil. One of my favorite readings is “No Man is an Island” Here is the modern version. I had it read at my dad’s funeral.

    ‘No Man is an Island’

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    • Hi Cecelia! This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing it here. It’s perfect for this post. I’m sure it was a powerful addition to your father’s funeral. God bless him, and your family.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  10. “Have you ever thought about the chosen ones who were anointed for you?”

    I love this question, Ceil. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of it in quite those terms. Beautiful. In the weeks prior to my dad’s death and my mom’s death, I felt that special closeness with my siblings too. Even those times were hard, I will always treasure those memories. It did take a village. A beautiful post!

    • Hi Lisa! It is an interesting question, isn’t it? If we are lucky, there are many people who came our way.

      Thank you so much for your kind words about the post. I know that you are a close family. It’s such a great thing to have that support when you lose your loved ones.

      Have a peaceful evening,
      Ceil

    • Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your kind words about the post. There’s just no question that we are here for each other, and that others want to help us too. God is so good!

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Kim! God’s wisdom is always amazing, isn’t it? I know you’ve just had a huge transition in your life. I imagine you saw this in action!

      We are so blessed to have such partners on our path through life.
      Nice to see you as always my friend!
      Ceil

  11. I am so agreeing to this. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to help us get where we need to be, and a village to stop us where we’re going. Community plays a major role in our faith and life in general.

    • Hi Lux! Yes, community is what we were born into, and born to serve too. I don’t know where I’d be without my family and friends. They keep me supported, and I hope I do the same for them.

      Have a wonderful Friday 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Dolly! Good point about friends ‘online’. Even though we’ve never met, it seems like many bloggers become friends over the months and years.

      Happy Weekend to you!
      Ceil

  12. Lovely words my friend! When we give the gift of friendship or when we share with someone who is lonely or unhappy we can feel the presence of God flow through us with love and compassion. Our families, friends and relationships are one of the most precious and delightful gifts that God has blessed us with here on earth, and I think that He often speaks through a friend to offer us guidance, laughter, and joy to help us grow. ♥
    Blessings and love sweet friend!
    Denise

    • Hi Denise! I agree 100% with everything you said her Denise. And you did it so beautifully! I am sure that you are a blessing to your family and friends, and your blog-friends too.

      Happy Sunday 🙂
      Ceil

  13. We are created for family and community. The place where our love is most blessed and challenged. Beautiful post with a beautiful message Ceil. Thank you for sharing it with us. Blessings and hugs!

    • Hi Deb! Thank you for your kind words about the post Deb. I appreciate it!

      I think you’re right. Our family and community holds and challenges. Much like the Lord himself. May I always be up to the challenge.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  14. Such a beautiful post Ceil… and so true.

    I have a dear friend who lives on the other side of Canada and she frequently says God designed us to be in community. God reaches us through a variety of ways… people being one of those ways.

    Bless you my friend… and thank you for being in my village!
    xoxo

    • Hi Jennifer! I agree with your friend. I had a friend who said much the same thing. He said “God loves small groups”. I think that’s right, he created one to travel with him after all.

      I am happy to be in your village my friend. How blessed we are!
      Ceil

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