Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cars and Community

Here's the quick version of my car-fixing story: I changed the battery in my car; my car randomly died; most people said it was the alternator; I towed my car to Lee Stephenson's house via chain; Lee showed me how to change an alternator, which is incredibly difficult on a Saturn SL2; my car is fixed and I am dirty.

Lessons learned from my day: 

1. Cars are freakin' complicated.

2. Lee Stephenson rocks. (Thanks again! And thanks to Melissa and Aaron, who equally rock!)

3. The church has the capacity to be the most radical and transforming community in our world. I am still fairly new to Arizona, and I am definitely very new to fixing cars. I cannot imagine another community of people I could call up out of the blue to ask for help with something like this, especially people who would actually offer their time and energy to help. But off the top of my head, I can think of at least 5 different families who offered to immediately help us with our car troubles. Very cool. And my issue was uber-insignificant in the big scheme of things. There are people with incredible needs in Myanmar and China right now. (Click here to help). What a difference we could make!

The church seems to be at its best when it is loving and serving and meeting people's needs in our world. And I got a very small taste of that today.

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