one week

...so it has been one week since we returned home from Boulder. I really ran a whole gamit of emotions during that time. Saturday I was just glad to be home, to see my pups, and get some rest. Sunday was one of the most difficult times of being in church that I have had in many years. As I sat through the worship, and communion and the lesson; I was battling the thought that what we do on Sunday mornings in sanctuaries around the world have to be about more than just a "pep rally" for Christians. Larry preached about being the church with the "OPEN DOOR," a church that sees beyond what songs we like to sing, getting done by 11:20, and being more equipped to notice more than ourselves. This message fit hand-in-hand with our trip to work with SEVENS...but I had trouble. I had trouble buying in, that the folks who sat around me were really all that concerned. I mean after all, I had just spent Spring Break week with homeless people and with their problems, what had they done. You see there in my pew, I had eaten a whole truck load of self-pride, and found myself more enlightened than those around me. Whoops!

So after battling agrrivation at the less holy church members around me, I went home and took a nap. Then I awoke and went to small group and felt even more holier-than-though (or them)while sitting there.

You see, God was not stirring me up, making me unsettled so that i could come back and judge all the people who went vacationing, or who asked if we had a "good trip" (we worked among very humbling conditions; so I cannot call it a "good" trip, I will say that it was life-changing and a purposeful trip)NO! God has called me to do something more with my life than sit around and preach to the broken and hopeless among the middle class.

Jesus when reading scripture in his hometown synogogue read from the prophet Isaiah reading:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."[e]

FATHER, help me live up to the mission of CHRIST that you have set before my heart and my eyes! Amen?

Comments

Heather said…
Amen!

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