Sunday, October 05, 2008

Our First Walk in the Way

Abba, thanks for finally putting us in this apartment, in this part of town, and for all it means and does in us... humility, simplicity, trust, grace, nearness, vision, purpose, community, flexibility, contentment, love, cheer, peace, etc. Only you can sanctify your earth to become all this and more. And we get to participate in your anointing here! Thanks so much.

Thanks for our walk yesterday in this new neighborhood of ours that you have provided. It was great meeting Wayne and being invited to his huge Day of the Dead party this month. It was fun meeting D and teasing him about being on his phone every time we passed each other on the block. It was rich talking with Ash and Janice in their front yard and being invited to call them out in the future as we’re out and about. And our curiosity was fired up when we met Marcus, the friend from Minnesota who bought and is working to sell that run down house on our street that we’ve talked about as having such great potential. We walked and we prayed as we will countless times again, Lord. Please unleash your life and Spirit in this place and in these people!

First Friday was awesome too, Lord. Spending time hanging out with friends on Zack and Kelli’s front porch was made even more wonderful by the fact that we only had to walk across the street to get there. True community expression. And I loved connecting one-on-one with Jake. I'm eager to see you bless and grow your life in him. And Aleta loved her time with Jake's wife Kim.

And as for your contextualized mission for us in this place, the formation of real local kingdom community, our connection to the poor and needy, and your protection and providence for us in this culture of such intense joy and pain... We simply confess with our brother David, “I trust in you, Lord; for you are my God. My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15).

We don’t have to make it happen. It’s all you. We don’t have to worry about safety or finances or next steps or personal harm. Again, it’s all you. “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

In a world that seduces us so powerfully to serve self, security, status, false self-esteem, wealth, and fleeting happiness, we are humbled and overjoyed to have stumbled onto your way. A way in which we know, “God is able to deliver us - and he will - but even if he does not, we will not serve your gods” (Daniel 3:17-18). A way in which, “everything works together for the good of those who love God, being called with a purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Please keep us humble and make us more so, Abba. Make us better vessels for your Spirit... better friends who know love more than we do now. Write your story in our hearts and through our bodies, God. You alone are the author of all these great things. And please bless those who watch us and pray for us... drawing them into the same radical vision of kingdom life that Jesus calls us all to.

Thanks for your love, Abba. Once again, it's saved the day.

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