Church is community. Church is people. It is a place of refuge, a place where everyone belongs. It is a place to find acceptance and love. Church is real people, loving people, GOOD people, living life in the most positive, warm, welcoming and grateful way.
I hope that this has given you a small slice of village life in France. It is mind boggling to me that they still function the same way that they did over 800 years ago. Those in the cafe were incredulous that we didn’t live like this in Australia. “How do you know what is happening in your community?”. It is sad for me to think that in all of our western progress we have somehow lost and missed out on these intrinsic links and webs that hold community life and function together.