Saturday, January 3, 2015
Very few things at The Anchor have happened for a second time annually. Two of those things we did in the last couple weeks. We gathered together with candles in hand and worshiped the God who came in the flesh on Christmas-Eve. And we also went on Christmas day to a nursing home to celebrate Jesus' birth with those who he cares so much for ------ those who are lonely and sick. As I looked around and saw the faces of people, that were strangers to me a year ago, I saw family. People that have poured their life into the journey of following after Jesus, and I have had the opportunity to pour my life into the journey as well. And we have done it together!
We have dedicated our lives to following after the one who is worthy of our time, energy, and attention ---- but we haven't done this as Lone Ranger Christians ------ instead we have done it in community, as family. We didn't have to have a committee that told us to do this, or an air-conditioned building, or ample parking spots, or fog machines, or a light show, or an advertising budget, or marketing consultants, or fancy torn jeans, or rent a building, or flashy evangelistic gimmicks, or the "We Love Our City" t-shirts, or the "mission-day" push (whatever that means?) ------ instead we have just decided to live out the love of Jesus by embodying hope where God has placed us.
This is humbling, and in many ways it feels like we are approaching the manger scene like the shepherds that first happened upon that poor, ostracized family 2000 years ago. We are approaching this scene with awe and wonder as we hear Jesus say to us "See, I am making all things new."
Let's pray: Make us new O God ------ so that we might be servants to all those you love ------ as we are moved with compassion to embody hope in the situations and circumstances you have placed us. Let us continue to do this in simple and sustainable ways ------ and in that, may we continue to participate with Holy Spirit in your Kingdom coming to earth, as it is in heaven. AMEN!