Sunday, October 31, 2004

NW2BH Ch8 - Love Supreme

[continuing to read together]

It appears that some of us are waiting for Charlie to pick up the pace a bit, and to do that, for me, I'll have to pick up the pace, too. In chapter eight, he tells "his story" - his testimony of how God intercepted his life and connected with him in a real and meaningful, transformational and outreaching kind of way. For many of us, we might have a story to tell - but has "being Christian" effected who we are, what we do, how we love and how we live? That's where it hits the road: did Jesus change our lives when we were "saved", or are we now the same with different weekly calendar events that include more church time than before?
"Where are you, Chuck?" My prayers announce my location and my status - "Here I am, God!" - dissolving any pretense that I am anything other than a small and needy man. This is the kind of effect Jesus has on people. It's all a part of His plan. He moves us from being the kind of people who use His creation to hide from Him to being the kind of people who seek an authentic God-human conversation. This is exactly what Jesus came to earth to achieve.

"So when we pray, our prayers are like sirens warning us of the presence and power of God. Here He comes, look out! The world is not the same as it was a nanosecond before. When God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven, the blind do see, the lame walk, and the captives are set free. .... And on somedays, when it's really necessary, God will send a saxophonist with a long memory, carrying the words of like while riffing on 'A Love Supreme'."
- New Way To Be Human, Charlie Peacock-Ashworth, pp 88-89
Take some time, whether you're reading along or not, participating or not, and share "your story". None of us are Charlie, and we all have different stories, different storytelling techniques. Over the next few days, let's just tell what's going on, how God is or isn't intersecting us right now... how's that?


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