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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: I Feel Your Pain
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
10/18/07


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I Feel Your Pain.


“Short and sweet,” is a concept that my writing style has never really tried to implement, before now that is. My assignment this week was to write an article on “Christian Fellowship.” We are all familiar with each of the typical modes of fellowship and of those explicitly exhorted in scripture, however I want to touch upon a few unconventional methods that I personally have experienced in the recent past.


Two particular instances adhere vividly to my mind. The first was a cross-country phone call to a dear brother mourning the loss of his faithful, loving dog to a tragic accident. At a time like this, e-mail allowed no room for the heartfelt words that needed to be spoken, not written.


The second incident involved a simple comment from a Christian neighbor stating that they would pray for a particular situation. This took place just last evening. The person involved didn’t even know the details of the issue, but perceived that the recipient needed prayer.


These are examples, at least to me, of what true “Christian Fellowship,” means. I am not playing down the need to “assemble together…” or those times of sharing a meal together with like-minded believers. We all need and cherish those times and should enjoy them whenever possible, but times like I’ve mentioned above are especially meaningful and memorable to me.


Sometimes, even with our Savior, “we know not what to pray for…” but He knows our every need and is there for us whenever and whatever we are going through. This, to me, is His model of true “Christian Fellowship.


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Rachel Burkum10/19/07
How true that there is so much more to "fellowship" than just being together in a crowd.

Well-said.
Dee Yoder 10/19/07
Prayer is our most important way to support and treasure each other in the body of Christ. And, as you point out, you don't need to be in close proximity to do it!
Joanne Sher 10/21/07
Good reminders for us all of the "unconventional" means of fellowship. Very nice.
LauraLee Shaw10/21/07
...And a great model indeed. Nicely put.
Marilyn Schnepp 10/22/07
Indeed! This is a great example of that "other" type of fellowship called the intimate one-on-one type fellowship when a brother or sister needs somebody to share his or her pain. Nicely said.
Clyde Blakely 10/27/07
I was the recipient of Dave's phone call. I can not tell you how much it meant to me knowing that he too lost a dear friend and companion just a few weeks before, his unconditional loving dog, Sam. It still brings tears to my eyes to remember the love shown in that phone call. God bless you Dave and all who fellowship through compassionate love.