Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. matthew 7:3-5
the hands and feet of Christ are life
hands to hold tight and feet to walk along side
hands to pick up off the floor and feet to blaze the trail before
hands to brush off the dust of shame and feet led by God to navigate the way out
hands to grasp each other in prayer and feet to steady while God is making us stronger
hands to wipe tears
hands to serve
hands to soothe and heal
God has made us to live together. To need each other. Especially those of us who don't want to need anyone. It is one of the greatest markers of our father's love for us. His love, when demonstrated through his church, is overwhelming and life saving and unmistakable as anything else. It makes sorrow bearable, repentance possible, and growth inevitable. Let us be soaked in God's word and grace to be ready to catch one another. Give your fear to God to admit your need to lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. Be the hands and feet.
And hold tight to those hands when they are offered to you. They are a gift from your Father.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12