Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



February 2012



Open the Door and See All the People

Written by , Posted in faith, life

“Here is the church,” I laced my fingers together and hid them between closed palms. “Here is the steeple,” I shot my pointer fingers up and touched the tips together. “Open the door and see all the people,” I swung apart my thumbs and wiggled my entwined fingers. And this last was always my favorite part, the funny church members all wobbly and stuck together.

My fingers have grown since those days, but I still like to use them to remind myself of what makes up the Church. For all the division and frustration, for all the disillusionment and hurt, for all the damage that by rights should have razed the building long ago, still here is the Church. And still my favorite part is the people.


So often we find it necessary to speak of the Church’s hard and hurtful parts. Today it’s my joy to take part in my friend Preston Yancey’s astounding, uplifting project, At the Lord’s Table: A Conversation, “a series of over 50 posts from varying authors about the beautiful, mangled Church.”

Please pull up a chair and join me.

  • http:/www.pohlkottepress.blogspot.com tara pohlkotte

    yes.yes.yes. great post.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Thanks so much, Tara.

  • http://davwalk.wordpress.com David N. Walker

    The church IS the people. The foundation is JESUS CHRIST. Knock that down, Satan.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      *fist bump* 🙂

  • http://janheath1234.wordpress.com Off the Wall

    I have been immersed in the “Left Behind” series of books literally for about 2 months now, and sometimes I have trouble separating fact from fiction. Especially since I live alone, lol. I read these books every day, and sometimes when I wake up in the morning I am surprised not to see the Antichrist! I actually wish that the Tribulation would hurry up and get here. Of course I won’t be Left Behind, but just in case I would make a kick ass member of the Tribulation Force!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh dear!

      • http://janheath1234.wordpress.com Off the Wall

        Hmmm, I shouldn’t leave comments after taking my pain meds, that didn’t come out quite right, now did it? The men in the white coats are going to come and take me away….

  • http://kathleencaron.wordpress.com kathleencaron

    Funny how much emotional power those words have “open the doors and see all the people.” Kind of got me.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Yeah, me too. 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/kelligalpin Kelli Galpin (@kelligalpin)

    Oh, I do love this post. This IS the church. This IS how to love people. Man, I feel like I suck at it, but what you wrote is how my heart feels. Thanks for a great post.

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