Everything is so new and each day brings with it new labor pains but I know better than to let that heavy weight rest on me. I close my eyes as we sing and I hear the voices that lighten the load. They bear the image of God. And when I open my eyes and see them all there—sitting in my living room—it takes me by surprise how much they feel like family.
The wind and rain move through again late Sunday afternoon and as we are getting ready for our small group the lights flicker once…twice. But, praise God, they don’t go out. We stand at the window and watch the trees bend—thin lines of light break through the sky. It’s the third storm this week and we know it will hamper the efforts to restore power to the thousands still without. But this rain brings with it cooler temperatures and that is a blessing to all.
We’ve invited the pastors to come and talk about what we’re doing here—so we can wonder aloud together for our church. We start with a song, like always, and Jeff plays the one I ask him to play—the one that made me cry in church that morning.
I preached on the Imago Dei—how we carry the image of God—and the message left me a bit empty. I wanted it to say more, to be more…but when the tears came in the pew, I knew God is enough.
And I think about the story in Mark 3—the one where Jesus’ family comes to get him because they say he’s out of his mind. And he give a new definition for family that day. He says, Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.
It’s been a long weekend. It’s a sad thing to be separated from people I love. But this bridge we build—it goes up one brick at a time.
After the rain moves through, the earth is quenched and swept clean. We pray together and I see God in the faces of my friends.
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:
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