“A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.
That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: ‘I make God visible.’ But others who see us together can say: ‘They make God visible.’ Community is where humility and glory touch” (Henri Nouwen).
You could say the same about stained glass. Individually, they’re just shards of broken glass, but together, they make some of the most captivating and stunning artwork you’re likely to see.
That’s why community is important. Each has unique gifts and talents that no one else. When you put all those together, you really do become better together than you would be apart. Each member makes all the others better and can be strong where the other is weak, and visa versa.
That’s why community for believers isn’t just a nice idea or a good option. It’s vital.