Weaker Is Indispensable

Hi SPPC friends,

It isn’t often that you get wisdom from a tweet, even when that tweet is a Bible verse, but today someone pointed out a verse from 1 Corinthians which caused me to read it in a whole new way. I’ll quote the passage at length below (1 Cor. 12: 12-26):

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

I’ve highlighted the passage that made up the tweet, and it was in context of the news out of the United States that the economy is starting to falter, so we might have to stop social distancing and just let people die. At least, according to Trump.

But I’m hoping one thing this crisis has us realizing is how connected we all are, and how everything falls apart when just one person isn’t there to do their part. We need the cashiers in grocery stores to keep us fed, and the truckers to deliver food to the markets and the warehouse employees who keep the distribution lines going and the farmers, both here in Canada and all over the world, to keep the food coming. We need bus drivers to make sure all those people arrive at their jobs on time, and police and road maintenance workers to ensure the roads are useable and safe. More and more of us are stuck inside our homes, needing to do our part to keep everyone else safe, and it doesn’t feel like we’re doing much. And yet, those parts that seem weaker are indispensable!

So today I just wanted to remind you how glad I am that you’re doing your part, whatever role that might be. We are all one body, and we suffer and rejoice together, even if that’s from a safe distance of 2 metres or more. I’m trying to reach out to everyone every few days, either by e-mail or by phone, but please reach out to me and each other too. I miss you.

Amanda Ross-White

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