For quite some time I have been struggling to decide when and how to keep others who are (or at least at some point were) interested in staying informed on our family’s journey in discerning the call of God and His many purposes in leading us to live in Lawrence, KS. You could consider this to be the first real crack at it. Lord, have mercy.
I wouldn’t consider myself to be naturally gifted in communicating the overwhelming amount of thoughts, dreams, and visions that are continually stirring in heart, mind and soul. And honestly, in one sense, it may very well be a good thing that I don’t communicate much of this. Wendy would agree, I’m sure. So while it may not always be appropriate or helpful to share any and every stirring with any and everyone, I am convinced there are leadings in life that are worth sharing with others (specifically the greater community at large—those outside of one’s spouse, dearest friend or handful of closest companions). I cannot give a definitive or systematic process in discerning all that is and is not worth sharing, but I do believe for us, in the current circumstances of aspiring to hear God’s voice and obey accordingly while living life here in Lawrence, the stirrings that continue to rise to the surface could fall under the “is” worth sharing category. And when this is the case, I very much believe there is considerable significance in confessing and communicating this to the greater community. I hope to spend the first couple of writing entries unpacking some of the reasoning behind this believed significance.
i.) an invitation.
First, and perhaps foremost, my hope would be that in reading this you would without a doubt know that we invite you into this journey and we truly need you in this journey. God’s mission of reconciliation, the very mission He invites us into by way of Christ’s act of reconciliation on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:17-20), is a mission that has and continues to take form in unbelievably diverse ways in unbelievably diverse people. Read through God’s narrative beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation and one will quickly be reminded of this. And as the narrative progressed forward from the accounts found in scripture and continues to progress in this very moment, so continues the infinite amount of means He uses to accomplish His purpose.
In God’s infinite love and mercy, He somehow saw fit to include the very creation His ultimate mission longs to reconcile to be an active and participating piece in the actual work of reconciliation. A bit mind blowing. So then, within God’s encompassing mission exists countless imperfect (imperfect not on God’s account but on account of the involvement of our human frailty)—often, seemingly insignificant—missions that He has chosen us to inadequately take part in (Eph. 1). The specific mission we feel called to here in Lawrence is but one of these countless “imperfect missions”—and in case you were wondering, it often does feel insignificant. Undoubtedly, none of us can commit to take direct part and action in all that God is doing here on earth. But to frequently ask God to reveal the portion He is calling us to would seem appropriate. Therefore, I know that not all are called to commit in partnering with us as we follow God on this journey in Lawrence, but I do have to believe that some are.
In any person that chooses to accept the reconciliation made possible by Christ and the opportunity to participate with God in His reconciling mission, I would imagine one of the most compelling fragments of hope rests in the possibility of seeing, even in the smallest of ways, “His kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This is our hope. Our hope would also be that as we tell of some of the glimpses of God’s kingdom unfolding on earth that we are seeing and experiencing here in Lawrence, He would then draw others to catch the vision and fervor He continues to provide us and that they too would respond accordingly. Maybe that means partnering with us in some fashion or maybe that even means following God into a whole new unknown. That I cannot say, but for those who do feel led to support and join with us, I do hope to give practical opportunities to do so along the way.
Consider this an official invitation to something we are not entirely sure as to what it will look like…not much of an invitation I guess. As for now, please pray for and with us as we continue in discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit.
More to come soon. Until then,
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you…
(Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)
Jeremiah, Wendy and Abigail.