One of our church members (Douglas Dube) showed this devotional to me yesterday after worship. It resonated with me so much that I decided to use it for our MCC weekly devotional. It was written by Carlo Carreto.
“How baffling you are, oh Church, and yet how I love you! How you have made me suffer, and yet how much I owe you!
I should like to see you destroyed, and yet I need your presence. You have given me so much scandal and yet you have made me understand sanctity.
I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised, more false, and I have touched nothing more pure, more generous, more beautiful. How often I have wanted to shut the doors of my soul in your face, and how often I have prayed to die in the safety of your arms.
No, I cannot free myself from you, because I am you, although not completely. And where should I go?”
This spoke to me because, as I have said in sermons before, I have a love/hate relationship with the Church. I see the flaws in the church and realize I am part of the flaws in the church.
I have gotten weary of those who seem to make a sport of bashing the church. The Church is the bride of Christ! He loves the Church. So I like this because, it does not ignore the fact that there are problems while also expressing the Church is glorious as the Bride of Christ.
And one day all the flaws will be gone (!) (Read Revelation 21:1-7).