“A Community Woven Together for Him” – Prof. Todd Wold

January 15, 2018

“Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:22

Platelets are colorless blood cells that help stop bleeding by filling gaps in blood vessel injuries, and make an instructive metaphor for life together as the people of God.

The body needs many platelets working together to be effective. The normal count range for platelets is 150,000 to 400,000 per microliter. One might think that a low number would be okay as long as you didn’t need them. Yet, in reality, the body is in constant need of platelets because of the way blood moves through the capillaries to release oxygen. Without platelets to do required maintenance, the capillaries closest to the surface of the skin break and bleed.

It’s fascinating to observe how platelets do their work. When they are activated to heal an injury, or stop blood loss, they change their shape by literally growing arms to intertwine with other platelets. They weave themselves together to add strength. This requires a collective, interconnected and transformative effort to rebuild and maintain—just as a community of faith works, prays and cares for one another, together abiding in the source of renewal. Like platelets, life in community changes us.

Individually platelets only last from five to seven days and must constantly be replenished by stem cells in the bone marrow. Likewise, we don’t just need to be present to one another in “church” once a week to fill our tanks and then go separate ways. Rather, the people of God are called and formed to open their arms of embrace to live and do the work of God with each other. That is where the presence of God is experienced.

CORNERSTONE:  Mission

- Prof. Todd Wold, Assistant Professor of Media Communications

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