While sharing my music in a church recently, I had one of those moments of sheer overwhelming thankfulness for the freedom we have (in most places in the U.S.) to worship at His feet. Publicly. Together. In community. (for those of you not free to publicly worship, may God give you strength and perseverance!) It was just so good to be with God. But the be-ing part was so much better because I was not alone.
How we worship and conduct our services is not perfect or may not be with all the technological amenities. Of course you know God does not require us to come to Him “only once we are perfect.” He calls us home often because He loves us. He wants us together at His feet. Similar to any father or mother, He wants all His children together as a family, sharing our hopes and dreams, our pain, our fear, success, failures, etc. My hope is that we allow one another that kind of freedom, time and space do be just that – family. Broken, but becoming whole. That prone to a spectator orientation, we do not unintentionally demand a sort of “perfection” or “status” before we receive them fully into our communities to share their God-given gifts.
Most of you know Joni E Tada, a powerful speaker, advocate for the handicapped, who is reaching thousands for Christ. And well, she is not perfect. She has a very broken body. Over the course of her life, she has allowed her broken body to be a conduit to help her deal with her personal struggles and faith – I think she is quite brave!
I will never forget the image when I saw her speak. There she was in the very front in her wheelchair. Alone and vulnerable. Talking about her pain and how God is working through her despite physical suffering. A powerful image! Broken and so very beautiful. Her broken place is obvious. There is no hiding it. Perhaps it was because of this reality that her message was strong and blessed all of us.
May we all receive that freedom to share our faith – about this Jesus Who is making us whole. And may we intentionally allow freedom to those around who are broken (on the inside or outside) to express their gifts, to lead even (even when it is not popular to do so!) There is something so very beautiful about it all.
You are loved by God. Come close to Him and hear Him call you “beautiful.” May we all be At His Feet together. Just as we are. As a family. Beautiful.
Happy Independence Day! ~ Kathleen