As I stated in the first blog post of this series (located here), we recently took a church bus trip and visited the painted churches of Schulenburg, Texas. These small town, Texas churches are made up of Czech and German Catholic communities who have meeting for over one hundred years.
As I was touring these church buildings, I was brought into a time of reflection on my upbringing. Because I too am Czech and I was raised in the Catholic church, I was rushed back to the times when my family met for family reunions at a small church just like the ones we were visiting. It was really cool and it brought back some things that I had not noticed as I was growing up.
For one thing I began to notice the BBQ pits. At every church we visited there were BBQ pits built out behind the church with an awning for picnic tables to accommodate meals on the grounds.
I loved this because it expressed to me the need for community and family within the church. Let’s face it, many of us do not know the people who live next door because we are in such a rush. But for church, this should not be the case. We are a family and we should act like a family and share a meal together every so often.
I loved this because it showed me the desire to meet as a church family. Think about it. There were church members who desired to meet as a church family enough to set aside the plans and the finances to build the space, and there are members currently who still desire to use the facility today. I see so often that people have lost the desire to spend time with those they go to church with and it saddens me. I also think it saddens our Lord. How it must frustrate Him when His children don’t get along or don’t get together.
As I think about this, I want to encourage you to set aside some time to fellowship with the people of your church. Seek to understand who they are. Share life with them. Love on them. Be a part of God’s family.