16 Apr Truth and Relationship
Life is (drumroll here, while I search for the appropriate list of adjectives) unpredictable, challenging, beautiful, sad, discouraging, amazing and unfair…sometimes all at once and on the same day.
The news, the numbers, the narratives…they can all be exhausting. And overwhelming.
And when I feel overwhelmed, the single biggest lie, I think, that comes to me is this:
I’m all alone.
I’ve felt that a thousand times.
Other closely related, second-cousin, dirty, we-don’t-play-fair versions of this lie are:
No one cares.
No one sees me.
They don’t understand.
And at a certain level, there are *tiny* grains of truth in some of those lies.
Because, the truth is, no one else is just like you. It’s a fact which we should celebrate, and yet…
…that truth of uniqueness also presents us with both the possibility of isolation and the challenge of relationship.
How can we begin to overcome those things when it seems like the news is caving in on us and the world has forgotten us?
Over the past year, what has perhaps struck and torn our various communities so deeply has been the real inability, or the realistic fear, or the understandable reluctance–to gather.
This has been one of the most challenging times for all of us, especially for those leading… well, anything. How do we realistically keep people as safe as possible in an unsafe world, while still carrying out the mandate of Jesus to be His witnesses?
One of the ways we want to do both, and to help you feel connected and seen is by putting on and inviting you to the Mosaic Block Party on Saturday, May 1–an outdoor party in our parking lot to help you, your friends and children have a ton of fun, see some old friends, and maybe make some new ones.
We’ll have games for the kids, competitions for the adults (get your voice ready for karaoke), line dancing, food trucks with lunch for purchase and FREE drinks including Kona Ice! Your invitation is below!
The truth is this: being a part of any larger community right now is a little harder than it used to be.
But allow me to also speak some other truths to you:
You are loved.
You are cared about.
You are prayed for.
There is space for you.
We are all doing our best right now!
Jesus loves you, loves His church, and is doing something right now in the world, which isn’t always visible to the eye, to news reporters, to sociologists, or even, yes, to pastors.
And the truth is that we are better together and would love to spend an afternoon together with you.
How can you begin to shake off whatever needs to be shaken off?
You can start by investing some time, energy and presence in something that will last long after this moment is past: the church of Jesus. Against this, the gates of hell will not prevail.
And speaking of that, I’ll be preaching some about this passage from Matthew 16:18 on Sunday. 🙂
I’ll see you in the room and online!