There is a festival in Catalonia Span where everyone from the town gathers together in the town square and assembles what is called Castell (or a human tower). If you have ever seen these images of human stacked upon human, with a goal of building a tower as high as you can, you will wonder how it is even possible. In their matching costumes, each member of the team carefully climbs upward and forms an amazing tiered tower that looks like a castle or a wedding cake. There is a crowd surrounding the tower to catch anyone who might fall. It is an amazing sight!
When I saw these photos it instantly made me think about the body of Christ. The church works together too towards a common goal. Our goal isn’t to physically stack Christians higher but to spiritually help people grow deeper in their faith and equip people to share the love of Christ.
Just as Castell team members trust each other enough to hold one another up as they balance as a single structure in the sky, we learn as a body of believers how to trust one another. Through the grace of God we hold others up around us and, when times are tough, to catch them when they fall. When we know people are surrounding us and moving through life together with us, we have an opportunity to try new things and reach out to others knowing that we are not alone.
I hope that as a Christian community at Restoration we can live without fear to raise one another and build each other up in a community of trust. I hope that people can genuinely get to know one another so that they can be transparent with hurts and brokenness, letting others be there to catch them as they fall. I hope that we can be a community who walks through all stages of life together laughing, crying, hoping, dreaming, and loving together. This is what it means to be the Church.
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. -1 Peter 2:4-5