I love knowing the people I sit next to on Sunday mornings. I love knowing what’s beautiful and what’s difficult in their lives right now, what difficult and beautiful things they have already moved through in life. It helps me to see the gentle harmonies of our lives in community, of our lives as part of the Body.
And when we sing together, when we sing,
“O how great thy lovingkindness, vaster, broader than the sea, O how marveolous Thy goodness lavished all on me! Yes, I rest in thee, Beloved, know what wealth of grace is Thine, Know Thy certainty of promise and have made it mine
Jesus I am resting, resting, in the joy of what thou art; I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart.”
and I get to hear you sing it, it reminds me that God is the same for me and for you, yesterday, today, and forever.
My pastor’s wife used to say that she knew when God was speaking to her because he was the only one who ever called her, “Beloved.”
I know when God is speaking because I feel His breath, like a tickle down my neck, like a gentle caress on my cheek.
And today, you came in and you sat down and whispered that it’s nice to be known and accepted, you still sang those words. And I felt God with us, I heard God in the harmonies you sang, and it reminded me that he still works in this crazy broken world.
Seeing Him work in you helps me to open up to let him work in me.
Thanks for sitting with me and singing with me, fellow misfits. You encourage me more than you could ever know.
Photo by Brian JC Osborne, via flickr.