Early last year in Pontiac, Michigan, a contractor made the startling discovery of a mummified body in a foreclosed home. It was later determined that the woman had been dead for at least five years. Her body was outfitted with winter clothing in the back seat of her Jeep in the attached garage. The key was in the ignition but not turned on. Because all of her bills were automatically deducted from her bank account, everything seemed normal, including the maintenance of her lawn. When her money ran out, the house went into foreclosure and led to the realization that an entire neighbourhood had functioned for five years without ever noticing her passing. Stories like that illustrate our great need to have community with other people. People need to be connected with others. You need people in your life who can spur you on to greater things, who can be there for you in your darkest hour and who can celebrate with you in your happiest moments. That is why God has always encouraged his people to be in community with one another. God left us an instruction manual for living called the Bible, and in it one reads, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV). We were designed to be in community, and good community makes us better people!
the house went into foreclosure and led to the realization that an entire neighbourhood had functioned for five years without ever noticing her passing.
Where are you going to experience community? Would people notice that you were gone if you passed away tonight? Would they care? If you are in need of community, might I suggest attending your local church? The church I pastor believes in the importance of experiencing community with each other and with Jesus Christ. In fact, we just changed our name to Abundant Springs Community Church in order to reflect that belief. This town and the surrounding area has many great churches where you can find the community you are looking for; be sure to check one out this Sunday!
--Pastor Stephen Valcourt
Lead pastor at Abundant Springs Community Church
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This article first appeared in the Pincher Creek Echo in April 2015.