This past Sunday, participants of our morning gathering witnessed the baptism of two young men. Their journeys couldn’t have been more different. One young man was born into a solid Christian home, started following Jesus at a young age, and has maintained a faith-based orientation through the years into young-adulthood. The other was born on another continent, into a different religious culture, and didn’t have a chance to hear the name of Jesus until recently - but when he did, he found it compelling! Two unique journeys that brought each to the same baptismal pool, on the same Sunday, celebrated by the same church family, as they publicly declared their personal decision to follow the same Saviour-King: Jesus. Beautiful.
We celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of each and every individual’s journey with Jesus. The narrative thread of each is woven together in community of shared life; which is then woven into the larger tapestry of God’s kingdom work here on earth. The bold and bright God-colours and God-images emerge through a creative dance of life. Beautiful.
We don’t have the power to dictate the context of our journey. We don’t choose the family we are born into and we can’t get away from our past; however, we do make choices everyday of who we are going to be each moment of every day. We make choices to lean away from God’s presence in our lives so that the God-colours and God-images become more obscured. We make choices to lean into God’s presence in our lives so that the God-colours and God-images become apparent to those who see us.
My prayer is that throughout this week the meals shared in our community would be a context for people to build on their own unique journey; that God-colours and God-images would be evident to all at the table.