Wednesday, January 26, 2005

miracles

you are witnessing a miracle akin to raising poor lazarus from the dead. i am in a public space on a laptop, connected to the web, blogging. hold your breath. yes, it is true.

i attended the communality 101 session last night that sherry and maria led. they did a great job. thinking about miracles this morning (remember: public, laptop, connected, blogging), i was struck by the miraculous journey of this community, and any intentional communtiy for that matter. they led through the categories: what we have learned, who we are, and where we are going. we have learned that it will always be harder and uglier than we could expect. But (and this is a big but) somehow, daily, there are things so beautiful that you don't know if you should cry or laugh.

we also talked about being a grounded, missional, intentional community. this is who we are and what we do. i am in mission every day at a locally owned bicycle shop. we are students, activists, artists, compassion workers, social workers, refugee resettlers, faces behind counters, theologians, philosophers, community builders, and pastors. and the amazing thing is that we can be one, or several of those things. we have room for change, for the different seasons of our lives.

and, where we are going. well, i don't want to ruin any surprises for those of you who plan to attend saturday. we are going places as a community: physically, spiritually, emotionally(is there a difference?). we are a group of people on a trajectory towards christ, and for that i am thankful.

2 comments:

geoff said...

thanks brad. wonderful. you blogger you. i wish i had written that reflection....so i'll just say 'amen'. last night was a great recalibration for me. thanks maria and sherry. my prayer: keep the miracles coming...and give us eyes to see the ones right here!

billy said...

Brad,

My only question is this: Did Jesus weep before he raised you from death to the blogging realm?

......but seriously, thanks for this post...for not letting the words get in the way of what you're trying to communicate. I wasn't able to be present at that first discussion, so its really nice to get your perspective on how things went. Keep going........

Billy