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At the end of a long, good conversation this morning, I stumbled into a thought I want to share with you. We were talking about the irony that those of us who desire more of church/Christian community are often the ones who find the least of it in our lives. Yes, we look at other forms of church and know they fall short of the ways Jesus describes walking out our faith together. And yet, we are no better off.
 
We desire relationships with vulnerability. We need people to walk the ongoing walk with us – sharing in moments of high and low, and all the mundane working it out in between. We want people to laugh with us, to cry with us. Other people to care about and help with our kids. Friends to pray with and that we can call when our car batter dies and we need help. We want Jesus-filled community.
 
I would suggest that this doesn’t come without commitment. Not commitment to a set of beliefs or a particular way. Rather, its commitment to one another in Christ – a deep, unique type of relationship that doesn’t require we are all the same. Its saying our expectations of one another and being ok when they differ, not making you be what I want you to be. Because the point is each of us being who God wants us to be. And we can be that best together!
 
What gets in the way?
1. We do. we don’t make the time, we don’t take the time, we have unrealistic expectations of one another, and we’ve all been disappointed so many times that we wonder if we should even try
2. The world does – our world defines community and friendship differently than we do. First, its superficial and we settle for less than we know we want and need. Second, its transactional – we should “do relationships” in order to GET something rather than to give – or better yet – to just be in it together
3. The enemy is actively working against this – because isolated Christians, isolated people, are forced to give up on what is right, or try to do it on their own. It’s been a strategy from the very beginning – keep them apart and they aren’t powerful.
 
There is a choice…
to be vulnerable
to risk failure
to give
to pray
to love
 
I want to choose these.
 
We don’t do these to be church. But in living this way, we are church. Love God, love others, love one another. Help others do the same. Seek God’s Kingdom. Journey together, mission together, be who you are meant to be together.
 
Its not meant to be fancy. It is meant to be freeing for everyone.
I want that. I need that. I’d like your help to live that.
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repost from Christine Sine.

Tomorrow is Pentecost – this prayer was written as I contemplated the Holy Spirit breathed into us by Jesus (Jn 20:22)

Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your love within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world
Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your peace within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world
Spirit of God may we breathe in and hold your life within us
May we breathe out and share it with the world.

Resonating

A picture that’s been rolling around in my heart and mind
filling pages of journal
spilled into conversation with my church last Sunday
received with some enthusiasm
given some words – maybe even a name for who we are together?
and now written down [unedited]:

I want to hum.
Like power lines charged full of electricity.
Like an object hitting its resonant frequency.

I know there is something built into each of us
DNA coded into our very being
that is the real me deep inside-
often latent, or marred, or out of balance, or afraid to shine, wounded, misguided
The Bible calls this the Image of God

What stirs this in us?
What causes it come alive, to come out
in just the right way that we SING
beautiful, earth-shattering, fully alive
resonating…

God’s Spirit calls to us in us
you are my beloved child!
love God, love your neighbours, love one another
seek God’s Kingdom
follow Jesus
live like Jesus
help others do the same

lives ringing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
from accepting Jesus’ invitation – “Come with Me”,  allowing his Spirit to revolutionize me – over and over again, a declaration that I will be the one I am meant to be

I become a person of love
housing God’s kingdom, power in me
a center of life and influence – ripples and waves
affecting the seen and unseen
resonating

But I join with others who are doing the same
spread across this city, this globe
We help one another to hum – i believe in you, encourage you, pray with you: and you me
and we do it together – a bigger pulse than any of us on our own – like five friends doing cannonballs into the swimming pool at the same time.
individual and collective lives of rhythm

lives changed
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
becoming who we are meant to be
prodding others to do the same
a movement of hearts changed
coming to life
finding our frequency
resonating

Resonance

In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate at a greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. These are known as the system’s resonant frequencies (or resonance frequencies). At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resonance