On our social media sites, we post only highlights, giving the impression that everything is all right all of the time. Truth be told, however, life has its seasons of ups and downs. Time and experience leave marks on our bodies. Our lives witness to a world that is blessed and broken. So we hide. Behind status updates and edited photos, our number of friends and followers. I wonder what would happen if we could tell the whole story–that even when life is good it isn’t perfect, and that sometimes the world is a hard place to call home? Would we be stuck in despair, conscious of the weight that holds us down? Or, would we be moved to courage and the bonds of camaraderie, understanding that brokenness isn’t exclusive to us? We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, a long tradition of vulnerability that leads to wholeness.
From “Faith reflections: Vulnerable in community,” by Jeni Grangaard in the March 1, 2013, issue of Cafe.