Dear Friends in Christ,
One thing I’ve never understood is how Christians have gotten the image of being dull, uninteresting, and dedicated to lives devoid of all humor, excitement, and adventure. We are the people of resurrection! We are the movement of new life! God and God’s purposes are never fully thwarted and Christ is the Overcomer!
The fun thing of being a Christian – and that’s what it is – is awakening each morning with the possibility of a new step, a new enlightenment, a fresh facet of Christ burning in on us. People and things quickly become pretty predictable, but Christ – never! This day – the one your engaged in right now as you read this, is FULL of the possibilities and opportunities of the Commonwealth of Christ! Moments of grace, renewal, reconciliation and chances for justice, inclusion, and shalom are out there – today!
I’ve never fully empathized with those who lean their entire faith on a few selected verses from the Bible, or a specific and carefully chosen, regularly meeting church group or activity. Even in the regular church service, with its “regular” rhythm and pattern of worship, one can’t stifle the inventiveness of God! From that well known rhythm and cadence of worship leaps a line from scripture, a phrase from prayer, a moment of music from the Choir, a melodic phrase from a hymn or praise song – and the world-beat skips for us!
Often people talk about relying on Christ for the “deeps” of faith, hope, and peace. I do too! But the most enchanting thing that I rely upon is Christ’s ability to see through the mist of my insufficiency and awkwardness, spot the moment that is right, and spring a new lock that flings open the door to a fresh vista!
Sometimes it may come when you are alone. Sometimes it comes while we’re listening to another. Sometimes at work. Sometimes at leisure. While we’re driving. I’ve even awakened from a sound sleep from the tap of Christ.
Sometimes we see it; other times we might hear it, or feel it. Always it makes us smile, warms the heart and/or matures our faith.
Ya’ know, it must be very dull not to be a searching Christian, and never know the surprise of Christ.