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By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 28, 2017

One of my favorite TV shows, “This Is Us,” returned for a second season on Tuesday night. I anxiously anticipated the continuation of this touching and thought-provoking family drama, and I was not disappointed!

In this episode, two of the married couples faced difficult times. One husband held his wife’s hand and described their marriage as “perfectly imperfect.” He said that, even though they weren’t perfect, he wouldn’t change a thing! In another pivotal scene, a wife faced her husband as he struggled to admit an addiction, and said, “If you have a problem, we have a problem. And we face our problems together.”

I think both of these approaches are good indications of a healthy marriage, and both of these phrases can describe a church like ours. We are certainly not a perfect bunch of people! But somehow our imperfections work well together, making us perfectly imperfect. We might not be perfect, but this is us. This is church.

And when one of our church family has a problem, we all have a problem. We join together, with prayer and support, to face our problems together. I love the way that we lift each other up in tough times and celebrate with each other in good times. We’ll always have difficulties…we’ll never be perfect…but this is us. This is church. Thanks be to God!