There is a tension between how the world is and how we want it to be. Look to any news source for even a moment and this thought reconfirms itself as a reality. More personally, individuals can look at their own lives and find a relationship, a decision, an occupation, a long-term habit, or a decisive moment as a situation in which circumstances aren’t what are hoped for. For many, the path to getting better is to eradicate that personal stumbling block, to reach a decisive moment when the relational conflict is resolved, to find the spouse, have the children, not be sick any longer, or get the dream job. The list of solutions is near endless and each item involves an “over the mountain” or “next step” component.
Jesus entered a culture paining for change, a people oppressed and in need of justice, a society wrecked with inequality, and individuals who knew the dynamics of suffering and patience at the depths of their hearts. Jesus, being a candidate for change, spoke of a Kingdom. Yet, this Kingdom was not over some mystical barrier and often did not include easily observable change. This Kingdom was available now and was to be realized as within you. So, it begs the questions:
Did Jesus let these people down? Does God still do this today? Is God even worthy of trust? Even if certain parts of life aren’t perfect, is hope and peace still accessible? If so, how?
One of our favorite things to do at Narrate is to come along side people in the midst of their everyday lives and serve them in very real ways. This Saturday, June 4th, from 9am to 11am we have an incredible opportunity to do just that as we revive Jan's flower garden.
Jan lost her husband about two years ago and since has been living alone with MS. This past winter she fell and spiral broke her femur. This injury has kept her in and out of the hospital for over 6 months and away from doing things she loves, like keeping up with her flower garden. This Saturday, we cannot wait to restore life and color back into her flower garden!
For more information or if you would like to be involved scattering with us, please contact Jodi - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had the privilege to commission Caleb. June 14th marked his last day on staff as he prepares to move to Portland in the Fall to further his education and leadership experience. We couldn't be more proud to have been part of God's work in him these last 5 years.