Our church mission statement says that “We Seek to see the Christ in All”.
Sometimes the seeing is easy.
It seems like Jesus is all over the place these days. From the cupcakes that are left on pastor’s desks (amazingly beautiful and ALMOST too pretty to eat) to the many conversations speaking heart, I am walking in wonder.
People are beautiful.
There seems to be an attitude in the air these days; an attitude of “why not?”. Our sanctuary is being loved into new life. Because we are in the midst of bringing a new organ voice to lead us in worship, we are ripping up carpet, putting down hard wood floors, soliciting favorite scripture verses and having the children and youth write them on the concrete to ground us (fear not, it will be covered with the new carpet put in this week) through the decades to come. We will have a general cleaning party this Saturday when we all can get our hands on the place we call home and shine it up for its new life.
We have hauled pulpits from here to there on Sunday mornings. We have adapted and made friends with chaos and we have embraced the unfolding of what will be.
Laughter rolls often within our church and the Spirit seems to be a loosened and sparkling presence.
It is one of those days in my heart where I wonder how it is I get to do this work. We are many, heaven knows. We are many of opinion and temperament and person. And, we are one. One in the vision and power and presence of the Christ.
The issue for me throughout this redressing of our worship space adventure has been relationships. Are we better for this adventure? Have we learned things that further ground us in Christ? Have we practiced forgiveness and grace and trust and discipleship?
I’m thinking we have had plenty of opportunity to practice. That’s what life is for. And I’m thinking we are better for it.
Every study you can ever imagine speaks of the clear good of being a part of a community of faith. There are vexations by the boat load, God knows. And, there are Jesus sightings that are shared and savored and marked and held and when one of us needs to remember what it is to feel hope in the Holy, Jesus in the form of a community member sits down and shares grace and we remember who we are.
It isn’t hard going to see the Christ in all.
It makes for holy sight-seeing.