I think that everyone feels alone sometimes. Being alone in your work, paid or unpaid, can bring loneliness as well. As we were wondering today whether the UCM Occupy Movement was actually sleeping in their tents at night, I wondered what it would have been like to be the first one sitting there, waiting and hoping for a community.
We're reading Philippians Chapter 1 this week in small groups, so I'm thinking about Paul going from place to place- being the first voice to share about Christ, sometimes being alone in his witness. I wonder how often he felt lonely being a lone voice.
I know that I would be lonely if I were doing this work of campus ministry alone. And so as I read Paul's prayer of thanksgiving, I felt an overwhelming gratitude for the students and local Board members who are in this with me. We aren't waiting for community- we already have it. "I'm glad because you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel..." Paul's affection for those partners was real. I am sure of that because I feel it, too.
Where have you found community in your work? Who are the partners that you are grateful for?