Wednesday, April 3, 2013

what the homeless taught me on easter


This past Sunday was one of those Sundays where I was literally just in shock of where the Lord has brought us. It was one of those Sundays that I found myself overwhelmingly thankful to play a minuscule part in what God is doing here in Boulder. We moved to here  over two years ago to be a part of planting The Well and were meeting in our living room for church. We had no idea what this whole church planting thing would look like. This past Sunday, over 200 people showed up to our Easter service downtown. That may not seem like much, but that means that over 200 people were either reminded of or heard for the first time the beauty of scandalous grace. To me, it was not only a reminder that God is sovereign and oh so good, but  it was a glimpse of Heaven. Perfect weather, sunshine, kids dancing to worship music, the well-to-do sitting next to the homeless, strangers singing loudly - all proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus. 

It was amazing to sit back and watch as people ran or biked by, people stopping at the stop light and rolling down their windows, people sitting and listening intently in the Bandshell seating...hopefully each hearing a bit or all of the truth that was spoken. It was amazing to watch Chase pray with a heroine addict. It was amazing to watch the mentally ill, the drunk from the night before, the not recently showered, the homeless raise their hands and close their eyes during worship...not caring if they were presentable or put together. They clearly were not concerned with that. 

I pray I can stop pretending that I need to be put together and perfect before I come to the Father. 

I pray I stop making excuses for being real and broken and just fall to my knees or raise my hands like they were. 

I pray with all of my heart that they met with Jesus on Sunday morning. I know I did. 

love.


11 comments:

  1. wow, that sounds amazing. my heart longs to be a part of people encountering Jesus!

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  2. Praise the Lord! That sounds like Heaven to me indeed! I like the visual of the homeless and the drunk raising their hands- we ALL need Jesus, no matter what our 'label' or our 'status'. Love this! Happy Easter girl! You look adorable!!!

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  3. That is so amazing and gave me chills! My husband and I recently joined a "planted" church here in upstate New York, and I will say that this was the most amazing Easter so far. Connecting with others who love the Lord made it a remarkable day! Thank you for all that you do in your spiritual community!

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  4. What an incredible and eye-opening experience!! Too often on Sunday mornings I spend time concerned with what I wear and how I look so thank you for reminding me that God wants us to come as we are on Sundays (or everyday, really!) so we can praise and learn more about Him. :)

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  5. Oh my word, I could probably talk with you for days about this! I'm a part of a church plant in Nashville... we have our services in a bar and music venue and it's a block away from two homeless shelters. It's right downtown Nashville. It's been incredible being constantly reminded of God's vast love and Grace... both for those who have lived very rough lives and for those like me who have been to church all our lives, but find ourselves in a place that has reminded us that Grace is much needed and freely given.

    So I get to go to church in a bar with a mixture of homeless people, inner city folk, college students from some really expensive schools, people who totally love God, others who are just discovering Him, others who showed up for the warmth and the shelter and others who are warmed by the beauty of it all.

    http://www.ethoschurch.org/ is the website of our church. It's 4 years old and I believe we'll hit 2,000 each Sunday here soon. You're doing a very exciting work - good for you!

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  6. What a beautiful scene! Sounds like God is moving in big ways, love it.

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  7. Love you guys! So good to hear and see what the Lord is doing there. Glad you get to be apart of it.

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  8. this brought me to tears. thanks for sharing that beauty. i can picture the rejoicing. ♥

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  9. Wow, Kim! What an eye-opening experience. Praise God!

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