Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/11/15

Community

It’s been an interesting 48 hours here at Covecrest.  About 1 a.m. Friday morning, a  stomach virus  hit.  Chuck and Chris were sick as dogs, I wasn’t feeling so hot, Chelsea…well, for once, her food pickiness paid off a little.  The stomach virus did hit her however, three-quarters of the way to a Matt Maher concert – her very favorite performer in the world.  When Chelsea said she didn’t feel up to going, we knew she was sick.

The effect on Covecrest of the virus was positively paralytic.  Keep in mind;  we usually hit the ground running on Friday with cleaning and preparing for our weekend retreat folks, who usually come in Friday night.  Timing was just pitiful on this epidemic.  Out of the 18 or so missionaries, only nine – maybe 5, were feeling ok at any one time, and just who those five well ones were kind of fluctuated.

Yet, this was the purest example I have ever seen of what our community is all about.  The well nursed the sick and filled in where they were needed without complaint.  I got a call from the wonderful Melissa B. basically saying “We’ll be there in two minutes with ginger ale and saltines.  Should we knock or just put them on the stairs?”  She’d been handing out bottles and cracker sleeves since early morning, I think, God bless her.

I think this is something that has been needed.  The community has felt a little fragmented and disjointed lately.  The initial honeymoon period is over, we’re all being real with one another (or to put it in MTV terminology, “What happens when 19 strangers in Tiger stop being nice, and get real with one another” – Real world: Covecrest), and our personal demons have been affecting our community life – mine included.  I think in some ways, the last few days or so have been God’s way of reminding us of what we’re striving for, and that, indeed, our whole is stronger than our individual parts.

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