“God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal.” – St Maximilian Kolbe
Some time back, I wrote an article for this column on my biological family. This time, I was invited to share about my Christian family, the community of 1 Peter.
The 1 Peter Community has been instrumental in many seasons of my Christian life, in particular when I was discerning if I should enter the seminary.
I remember in the lead-up to entering the seminary, I suddenly found myself in desolation. I had so much doubt and felt that God was silent. It was then that a community member said something to me that I will never forget.
“Justin, live vicariously through our experiences of God that we share with you. Even though He is silent to you, He is active in our lives. There will come a day when He is silent to us but active in your life. That is when we can live vicariously through your experience with God.” Without those words, I might not have had the courage and the will to pursue this call that God has placed in my life.
Though I hardly see these friends now due to the seminary schedule, they continue to have a special place in my heart. While God has blessed me with a wonderful new community here in the seminary, I realised that He has also expanded my heart to continue to hold and treasure the Christian family I had found in 1 Peter.
Sharing in the blood of Christ, we are a family with a common vision and goal to seek and live God’s will in our lives, a family that cradles one another through the ups and downs of life.
More information on the 1 Peter Community can be found at: http://oyp.org.sg/oyp-family/young-adults-communities/1-peter/