“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him…Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we have been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now!. God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The day is coming when you’ll have it all – life healed and whole.” 1 Peter 1: 3-5. The Message
On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Space for Grace Fellowship – The Inclusive Gathering met for the very first time in its current setting. I felt like a bride waiting for her bride broom – nervous, concerned, wondering what miracle we would experience; how the Holy Spirit would show up; what God would reveal to us during our first evening together. What a surprise as a multi-racial/multi-orientational community of faith gathered to explore their understanding of God and experience their spirituality.
We opened with a traditional prayer and closed with a non-traditional prayer. And there were testimonies galore about the goodness and love of God. Even those from other churches were as taken aback as those who had come to seek a safe space when one of the participants wept as he said “I have been to fifteen churches and in each and every one of them have been asked me to leave because I wear long hair and a dress.” I heard myself saying “you are welcomed here. Here you will find peace, acceptance, and tools to strengthen your walk with God.” Then, I heard someone say “God can deliver…” and in midsentence I interrupted saying “there is nothing for which this person needs to be delivered. We are the ones in need of being delivered from the spirit of judgment and thoughtlessness.”
Our mission statement reads: To create safe spaces where those gathered my examine and experience their spirituality, share their family stories, and be affirmed for who and Whose they are as full and included members of Life. The rest is between God and those gathered. We are not the ones who loved so much that we gave our life, only God. Let God be God.
When I teach from PRAY-ERS PRAYING PRAYERS I remind the gathered community that God wants intimacy with us. There is nothing like turning off the lights and lighting some candles, putting on some soft music, pushing the off button on cell phones and muting the land lines; putting aside computers and iPads and crawling up into Gods proverbial lap and getting lost in one another’s presence.
That’s what I did after the gathering Thursday. And as many times before, I thanked and blessed God for being so incredible.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.