Today’s thought is from Tom via Henri Nouwen and his book Lifesigns.
“Community is the place where God completes our lives with his joy. Every word Jesus spoke was spoken to share his own joy with us and thus make our joy complete (see John 15:11). This complete joy is always “ours,” that is, it belongs to a life together. Ecstasy is always a movement toward a shared life. Static living separates us and turns us into isolated individuals fighting for our own individual survival. But ecstatic living leads us to the place where new life is discovered “among” us. It makes us break through our walls of isolation and become a people of God, people who proclaim the joy of the eternal life that has already begun. It is the first sign of the kingdom that Jesus came to proclaim.”