How's The Church?

While visiting one of our saints yesterday in the hospital, she reached up and grabbed my hand and said "how's the church?". I'll admit that immediately I thought about the organization and the meeting place--and I knew I was wrong.

What she was asking was "who else is sick and need of prayer?; who is grieiving?; who is rejoicing?" Her concern, even in the midst of her own pain, opened my eyes to see once again that the church is more than a building, more than an organziation and more than any one of us can claim or own.

How is the church? Who do you know that needs a word of encouragement today? Are you being the church?